The Frog Boys (Korean: 개구리소년Gaegurisonyeon) is a group of five murdered South Korean boys who disappeared on March 26, 1991, in West of Daegu while frog-hunting. Their bodies were found 11 years later.
The five boys were between 9 and 13 years old:
- U Cheol-won (aged 13)
- Jo Ho-yeon (aged 12)
- Kim Yeong-gyu (aged 11)
- Park Chan-in (aged 10)
- Kim Jong-sik (aged 9)
Circumstances and disappearanceEdit
March 26, 1991 was a public holiday in South Korea for the 1991 local elections. The boys decided to spend the day catching frogs in the streams of Mount Waryong ( ). They never returned to their homes.
After they were reported missing, their story became a national sensation. President Roh Tae-woo sent 300,000 police and military troops to search for the missing boys, with the searches shown on live TV. Several of the boys' parents left their jobs to travel around the country, looking for their children. Mount Waryong was searched over 500 times.
Discovery of bodiesEdit
On September 26, 2002, a man searching for acorns discovered their bodies in the mountain, an area that had been previously searched. He first reported the remains via an anonymous phone call. Initially, the police stated that they thought the boys had died of hypothermia. However, the parents did not accept that conclusion and demanded a full investigation. The families questioned the conclusion that the boys had simply died after getting lost due to the oddities of the boys' clothes being found tied in knots and of their bodies being found a short distance from the village in an area the boys knew very well. Forensic experts found the skulls of threes showed blunt-force trauma, possibly from metal tools. Police said it's possible the children were killed by someone who "may have flown into a rage."
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