The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) believes that Kyonghee Kim, who was reported missing over the weekend, may be in the company of Youngku Youn who is suspected of murdering his ex-wife in Burnaby last week.
54-year-old Surrey resident Kyonghee Kim, who is believed to be the girlfriend of Mr. Youn, has not been in contact with friends or family since October 5.
Police have been searching for Youn since his ex-wife Hee Sook Youn was found dead in her place of business in the 4500 block of North Road, Burnaby.
According to a release issued by the IHIT, Mr. Youn contacted Mrs Kim just before his ex-wife’s body was discovered, and her vehicle was then spotted travelling over the Golden Ears Bridge just before noon.
At approximately 12:30 pm, the Ridge Meadows RCMP received information about a male in their jurisdiction who was suicidal. This man was identified by the caller as Youngku Youn. At this stage, Mr. Youn was a person of interest in the murder of his ex-wife, and Ridge Meadows RCMP conducted a search in their area and located Mr. Youn’s PT Cruiser on the corner of Harris Road and Fraser Way.
While attempting to track down Mr. Youn, police located Ms. Kim’s vehicle in Golden Ears Park on October 8. Their investigation has since determined that the vehicle had been in the area of Golden Ears Park since the evening of October 5.
Despite an extensive foot, vehicle and ATV search of the Golden Ears Park, neither Mr. Youn and Ms. Kim have been located.
Police believe that Ms. Kim is currently in the company of Mr. Youn and that she could be in danger.
Youngku Youn is described as 5’7″ tall, 143 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair.
Kim is described by police as a Korean female, 5’3″ tall, 115 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.
The authorities are continue to work to locate both individuals but are asking for the public’s help to aid in their investigations and are asking asking anyone who knows of their whereabouts to call 911 immediately.