This photo taken on Jan 11, 2013 shows an anti-suicide monitoring device installed at Mapo Bridge - a common place for suicides- over Seoul's Han river. (PEDRO UGARTE / AFP)
SEOUL, ROK — A former South Korean military intelligence chief has been found dead in a possible suicide.
Former Defense Security Command head Gen Lee Jae-su was being investigated for allegedly ordering the illegal surveillance of families of people killed in a 2014 ferry sinking.
Police say Lee's body was found near a Seoul building on Friday
The disaster killed more than 300 people, mostly high school students, and touched off widespread criticism of the government.
Police say Lee's body was found near a Seoul building on Friday.
Yonhap news agency says Lee appeared to have jumped to his death and that a suicide note was found.
The Defense Ministry had no immediate comment.
South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates among developed countries. A string of business executives, K-pop stars and other celebrities have killed themselves in recent years.
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