California suspect may have link to NJ deaths

Possible break in Tenafly triple homicide
May 19, 2008 4:21:47 AM PDT
A man arrested in California this weekend may be linked to the slayings of three people whose decomposing bodies were found in a Tenafly home. Meanwhile, stunned friends, neighbors and business associates of the people who lived in the home were providing further details about their lives.

Authorities were working Sunday to extradite Kang Hyuk Choi, 32, from Los Angeles to New Jersey, but it was not known when that would be completed.

"We're waiting for New Jersey to pick him up," said Ed Hernandez, a deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Frank Puccio of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office declined to comment on the matter, saying only that a news conference would be held Monday.

The three bodies were found Friday night, but Puccio said their identities will have to be positively confirmed through dental records.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said that the ages and sexes of the three victims - a man apparently in his 70s, a woman apparently in her 50s and a male believed to be in his 20s - were consistent with the residents of the home.

Connie Choi of Classic Realty in Tenafly has confirmed that her agency had sold the property at 169 Tenafly Road to a woman named Yoo Bok Kim and her son.

Choi - who is not related to the man arrested in California - said Kim's son was a successful cell phone entrepreneur who had put up the money for the property.

David Sung, owner of City Wireless in Fort Lee, said he believes Kim's son is the same Hanil "Sean" Kim who he knew to live with his mother at that address. Sung said the son is a well-know local cell phone entrepreneur who people in the business have been trying to contact for weeks.

He characterized him as an ambitious businessman who had recently become interested in real estate.

"He always had bigger goals, he always had so many ideas," Sung said.

Meanwhile, Tenafly residents were still coming to grips with the violence.

Choi, a 30-year resident of the northern New Jersey borough, said she was shocked by the slayings.

"Most people who move to this town are coming here for their children's education and they expect a good, safe area," Choi said. "This is just indescribable."