Suicide bride's family received her ashes, say Korean officials

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Officials in Ho Chi Minh City said Thursday the ashes of a Vietnamese woman who committed suicide in South Korea earlier this month had been delivered to her family.

In a visit to Thanh Nien, officials from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea produced a cremation certificate for Tran Thanh Lan's body.

Lan's mother, Huynh Kim Anh, had asked for a DNA test to confirm the ashes she received on February 23 belong to her daughter.

Thursday, consular officials said the certificate they had presented proved the ashes were hers.

Anh had been unsure about the ashes because no official agency seal was included in the package.

South Korean consulate official Kim Jung Chul blamed the lack of a seal on Lan's marriage broker, who had failed to comply with procedures when returning the ashes.

LAN, 22, jumped off the 14th floor of an apartment building in Kingman City, 400 kilometers south of Seoul, on February 6.

Her death came just 25 days after she went to South Korea with her husband Ha Jang Su, whom she had married last September.

Kim said that South Korean police were still investigating the cause of Lan's suicide.

He said Lan's family could submit further investigation requests to the South Korean government via the Vietnamese Embassy in Seoul.

Kim told Thanh Nien the Vietnamese Embassy in South Korea had sent a group to Kingman on Wednesday to investigate Lan's story in detail.

At 9:35 a.m. on February 6, security guards at Kingman City's Taeseongmansio apartment building discovered Lan's body.

An autopsy revealed that Lan had died from the fall.

The corpse was handed to her husband in the afternoon.

Ha Jang Su phoned the broker-age that had arranged the marriage to inform his bride's family.

The company asked a Vietnamese interpreter to contact Lan's mother.

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