Film made about missing boys in South Korea

According to the Korea Times, a film that’s coming out in February, titled “Children,” is based on a 1991 case in which five boys between 9 and 13 years old vanished when they went out to hunt frogs. They became known as the Frog Boys and there was a massive search for them, but to this day none of them have been found. Apparently the parents of the boys have approved of the film.

Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of the Frog Boys. Perhaps inevitably, I wondered if they had been kidnapped to North Korea. I know that has happened before. But Wikipedia says Daegu, the area the boys disappeared from, is all the way on the other side of SK, quite far from the border.

One thing that puzzles me. The article says the case “finally came to a close in 2006 when the statute of limitation ran out after 15 years.” What statute of limitations? Is it the law in SK that they can’t look for a missing person who’s been gone more than 15 years? Or is that the statute of limitations on murder, or what? Is anyone familiar with South Korean law and able to enlighten me on this?

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14 thoughts on “Film made about missing boys in South Korea

  1. DJ January 11, 2011 / 11:53 am

    I think the boys’ remains were found on 2002, eleven years after they disappeared. They were found on the same mountain they ventured out to on the day they went missing.

    • Meaghan January 11, 2011 / 12:00 pm

      The article says the boys “still have not returned home.”

      • DJ January 11, 2011 / 1:13 pm

        The bodies were found on September 26, 2002.

        Forensic experts said that there were hole marks on three of the five skulls They think that the marks were created by blows with metal objects, possibly a tool of some kind,

        In Korena, murder prescribes after only 15 years. Sadly, the statute of limitations has run out on this case. There were calls to extend the period and a lot of people lobbied to change the law but the bill was still pending by the time the period expired. However, the police has decided to keep on investigating and to look for witnesses to determine the truth.

        I found this link to an article on my bookmark. It’s a news report about their funeral ceremony.
        http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2004/03/26/2004032661016.html

      • Meaghan January 11, 2011 / 1:15 pm

        Weird. Wonder why the article I found says they’re still missing then.

  2. Kat January 11, 2011 / 12:05 pm

    Dead or alive, I hope these families get some closure. I did hear something about remains being found a long time ago or dated till then…awful. The more I read, the more i get fed up with humans as a society in general.

    • DJ January 11, 2011 / 1:26 pm

      Yeah, it’s really awful. Someone told me that before the bodies were found, the parents of one of the boys devoted their time to looking for their son. The mother went to train stations very so often to show people a poster of her son, hoping that someone would have an information. And the father travelled around the country driving a truck with a huge poster of the boy. He eventually died of liver cancer less than a year before the bodies were found.

      What makes the whole situation really frustrating is that even with the money reward and the expiry of the stature of limitation, no one with an information has come forward.

      • Kat January 11, 2011 / 2:39 pm

        Thank you for the post. It is so sad about the parents. I freak all the time about my son, cannot imagine if anyone tried to get near him. I would die young too if he were gone. As for everything else, it’s like the “stop snitching” thing going on. If it were them, they’d think twice. Otherwise, just more revenge killing.

  3. Kat January 11, 2011 / 2:41 pm

    Yeah, I meant link, not post. Sigh. It’s been a long day.

  4. danielle January 11, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    Off topic: it’s really strange and sad when a 16 year old girl goes missing in 1984 but her family doesn’t report it until 1985. Makes ya wonder

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