April 14, 2011

10/09/09: Hyeong Kim, 23, Manhattan, NY

Hyeong Kwon Kim
On October 9, 2009, Hyeong Kwon Kim, 23, helped a female friend move in Midtown Manhattan, N.Y. before heading to the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street. Kim spoke to the woman before reaching the terminal, but the young man was never heard from again. A friend in Union City, N.J., reported him missing three days later.

New York police found Kim’s body in the Hudson River by Pier 40 off Houston Street on Oct. 16, 2009. The body’s condition made it difficult to identify. It was identified by the city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner through dental records. The medical examiner gave the cause of death as drowning, police said, and there was no indication that Kim was the victim of a crime.

Kim was a Korean citizen attending an English language school in New York City. He lived by himself in the borough of Palisades Park.

Kim’s family had come from Seoul after they learned of his disappearance.

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