Kyung Ho Song is Found!
U.S. Authorities have located this International fugitive in his native
country of South Korea. It has literally been more than a decade since
Song fled Cook County, IL. How is this possible right? He ran when the
time and clock were ticking down for his trial with the charges of Driving
under the Influence and Reckless Homicide. It was this horrific accident
that took the life of an innocent 43-year-old single mother with such
a long life ahead of her.
This case had seriously gone dormant for ten years. The search for Song
was reactivated last spring after Chicago Authorities had located Kyung
Ho Song in December. It is our local authorities that truly needed the
help of South Korean officials to bring about justice and have him extradited
back to Illinois.
This is definitely a red flag of how our system truly has gaps within the
criminal justice system that allows border-crossing fugitives to avoid
prosecution. Something seriously needs to change. For some reason, officials
have been avoiding why there was no progress in this case for so many
years. Let's name off the departments that were honestly not connecting
or communicating for all this time. It all stems from the departments
of the police, county prosecutors, federal agents and Justice Department
officials. Bottom line is who is at fault and really, how did a mistake
like this happen?
It was the "Fugitives from Justice" series that named over 200
international fugitive cases from northern Illinois and thousands more
nationwide. Unbelievably, it is this series that spotlighted Song's
case in November, 2011. Song was hiding out in a gorgeous condominium
in a quiet, residential suburb in Yongin, South Korea. There were 4 interviews
and the once famous shoe store owner who is now 73 realized that it's
now his time.
The daughter of Song's alleged victim, the 43 year old single mother
that passed, said she was shocked that he had finally been found. It's
only taken about 16 years to do something that should've been taken
care of a long time ago.
So the question remains, "How did this happen and the case just disappear
with so many sectors of our judicial system all working on this?"
How do we prevent it? Something has to change.