South Korean police said on Tuesday they had recovered the dead body of a Vietnamese woman from a gorge in the south-western province of Chonlanam-do last week.
Police said Do Thi My Tien, 27, was murdered five days before by a killer who then pushed her and her motorbike off a mountain road to make her death seem accidental.
Tien was married to a Korean man in 2004. The mother of an 8-year old boy was then granted South Korean citizenship.
Her husband was summoned to the police station for questioning.
Tien’s Vietnamese neighbors told Vietnam News Agency that she and her 47-year old spouse had argued before her mysterious disappearance.
Tien’s mother flew to Korea to attend her daughter’s funeral.
Many poor, rural Vietnamese women have made national headlines after becoming the victims of beatings--some of which have been fatal--meted out by Taiwanese or South Korean husbands who were either too old or too poor to find wives in their own countries.
The Vietnamese women married them hoping for fairy tale lives. Instead, most suffered from steep language and cultural differences.
In March 2012, the South Korean consulate in Vietnam announced that a Vietnamese woman had been killed by her husband in South Korea.
Another Vietnamese woman was stabbed to death by her Korean husband the year before. Similar tragedies were also reported in 2010 and 2007.
Vietnamese women made up 34 percent of South Korean men’s international marriages in 2011, significantly more than brides from other Southeast Asian countries, a report by the Southeast Globe Magazine said, citing the government-run Statistics Korea.
The divorce rate for Vietnamese-Korean couples is more than 30 percent, with mother-in-law conflict, language barriers and mistreatment cited as the main reasons, the report said, citing Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.