Missing Child Found in Busan

November 23rd, 2007 · Accidents, Crimes and Scandals · 3 comments

This missing child written about in this post has been found — at a temple hidden in the mountains. Nobody knows how he got there, either.

Kim Han-mi has been found at a mountainside temple, three days after the four-year old disappeared from his preschool.

The report that Kim was found at the temple in Dumyeong-ri, Jeonggwan-myeon, Gijang-gun, Busan went out at approximately 6 pm on the 21st.

A dog on the temple garden barked, indicating that someone was there, and a priest discovered the child alone near the temple grounds after going to outside to check.

The police were alerted through a 112 call and were dispatched to investigate the area, and at 6:40 am confirmed that the child was the same Kim Han-mi who had disappeared.

Kim was still wearing his school uniform and name tag.

He showed some signs of mild frostbite on his hands and face but otherwise had no serious health problem.

Kim has been moved to hospital and checked in. Police say that Kim had been wandering around by himself for two days after losing his way walking to the bathroom at his school.

But nobody is sure how the child, just four years old, spent 40 hours alone, somehow enduring the harsh cold without injury or incident to be found at a temple that takes an adult man one hour to walk to on foot.

While the child recovers, the police are investigating every possibility including that he was intentionally abducted.


  • […] Thankfully, translated through Korea Beat, the missing four-year-old in Busan has been found… […]

    ZenKimchi » But Did He Find the Bathroom? · November 23rd, 2007 at 10:47 AM

  • hmmm how far is the bathroom at his school that he lose his way? that’s so weird, but glad to hear that he is ok.

    cjlatina · November 23rd, 2007 at 2:52 PM

  • This article very much interests me. In 1975, I was found wandering the streets of Busan, not knowing how I got there. I was sent to an orphanage, and was told that my parents had abandoned me. My Korean name (and I’m not even sure if this is my Korean name, given that I have no recollection) is kown Seung-Joo, and apparently, I was born in 1972 in Busan. I wouldn’t even know how to search for my birth parents. Anyway, a very interesting story.

    Vince C. · May 22nd, 2013 at 3:15 AM

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