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Woman who fled to Japan after murder now in Seattle jail

December 4, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — A woman charged with murder in Washington state who fled to Japan seven years ago is now in custody back in Seattle.

The Seattle Times reports that 48-year-old Kyung Hee Dowdle has been held in King County Jail since Thursday on $5 million bond.

Authorities believe 75-year-old Toshio Ota died of blunt force trauma in March 2011, around the same time the retired Seattle businessman was reported missing and a month before Dowdle left for Japan.

His body was found in the Columbia River in 2012.

Authorities say Dowdle owned a restaurant frequented by Ota, and that he was a father-figure to her but she was upset when he removed her from his will.

Seattle detectives worked with the Japanese National Police and the U.S. Marshals Service to find Dowdle.

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