Police exhume remains of Korean woman bludgeoned to death in Laguna

Police on Saturday, Dec. 17, exhumed the skeletal remains of a Korean reported missing but was beaten to death and buried by her husband last August in the piggery of their residence in Purok 5, Lamot 2, in Calauan, Laguna.

The victim was identified as Jaesun Kim of Jae Cheon City, Chung Chung Do, South Korea.

Jaesun’s body was exhumed following an e-mail received by the Calauan Municipal Police Station from the Korean Embassy on Dec. 16.

Calauan police was sent a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) authorizing them to dig her body and coordinated with Jincheol Choi, son of the victim, and his Filipino representative, Jomer Olazo.

South Korean Consular Officer Heo Hyungsuk appeared at the police station and revealed that the suspect in the killing is Jaesun’s husband, Sungsu Choa, 63, also of Jae Cheon City.

Hyungsuk told police that the suspect presented himself to the Korean Embassy in the Philippines and admitted killing his wife.

The suspect surrendered to the Jae Cheon City police after he returned to South Korea on Dec. 16.

Calauan police said Jaesun was killed on Aug. 25 at the couple’s house at the height of a heated argument regarding the lot title.

The suspect hit the victim’s nape thrice with a steel pipe and wrapped her with a blanket after she died. Sungsu stashed the body in the kitchen on the first floor of their house and after three days, he buried the victim in their piggery.

A Scene-of-the-Crime Operatives (SOCO) team was requested to conduct an inspection led by Lt. Col. Donna Villa Huelgas and upon securing the necessary permit from the Office of the Mayor and the Municipal Health Office, Jaesun was exhumed.