|Seen above is a wanted poster featuring an artists' sketch of a serial killer who was suspected of murdering at least 10 women in rural villages near Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, between 1986 and 1991. Police said Wednesday a man in his 50s, now in jail, has been identified as the prime suspect in the case, which remained unsolved for 33 years. Yonhap|
By Kim Hyun-bin
Police have preliminarily identified the culprit of the so-called "Hwaseong serial killings," which had remained unsolved for 33 years, according to local press reports, Wednesday. The identification came after the National Forensic Service (NFS) linked a DNA sample from the case to the person in question.
The killer raped and murdered 10 females aged between 13 and 71 from Sept. 15, 1986 to April 3, 1991 in rural villages near Hwaseong , Gyeonggi Province.
The Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency said it identified the suspect after the NFS found that DNA collected from a victim's underwear matched his.
While prosecutors will be unable to file charges against the man, as the statute of limitations expired for the case in April, 2006, police officers said the 50 year-old suspect is already behind bars after being found guilty of a similar murder.
Officials are scheduled to hold a briefing today, at the provincial police agency about the investigation
The crimes were the inspiration behind the hit 2003 movie "Memories of Murder."