Shortly after the South Korea ferry Sewol capsized and sank in April, killed more than 300 passengers, South Korean police issued warrants for the arrests of the owners of the ferry line.
Yoo Byung-eun, the head of the family-owned business, promptly went missing.
In June a body was found decomposing in a plum field south of Seoul. Police now say DNA tests identify the remains as Yoo’s.
Besides his ferry business, Yoo is also the head of a church. Police have accused church members of helping Yoo elude captre.
In June, some 6,000 police officers stormed a church complex in Anseong city belonging to Mr Yoo.
Four church followers were detained on charges of assisting his escape and police said they were looking for several more who had helped the billionaire.
Outside the church, supporters held up a large banner that read: “We’ll protect Yoo Byung-eun even if 100,000 church members are all arrested.”