A 21 year old Brisbane based man has been murdered after posting an advertisement online.
The body of Min Tae Kim, a Seoul national who had been visiting Brisbane on a tourist visa was located by authorities this morning in a shallow grave. Three “persons of interest” are currently in custody and assisting Police.
Mr Kim was returning back to Seoul in February and intended to exchange his Australian savings of $12,000. Looking to reduce the transaction costs of exchanging this amount he posted an advertisement on the website Austory.kr which is a popular site for South Koreans working and holidaying in Australia. A similar post was also posted on the popular classified site Gumtree.com.
He was last seen by his flatmates on Monday at 1:30pm outside of his home getting into the car of a man with whom he had been communicating with online. Kim was also carrying the $12,000 in cash. His flatmates had tried to warn him against doing this but he wouldn’t listen.
Police were alerted after the flatmates were unable to make contact with Kim.
A public appeal held by Police on Wednesday confirmed the worst after a property in Algester was searched and a shallow grave was located. The body of Mr Kim was located and formally identified in the early hours of Friday morning.
Police are still investigating the links between Mr Kim’s disappearance and the online ads he posted.
The serious dangers of posting advertisements online were recently highlighted in October, after Melbourne woman Shey Webber was found unconscious and badly beaten in her home. Police believe she may have been assaulted by someone she met online, after it was revealed she been online dating and had posted an advertisement on Gumtree for a flatmate. She is still recovering from her injuries and no arrests have been made.
Online Investigations urges its readers to take adequate precautions when posting information online, and arranging meetings offline for the first time.