• 10-year-old Cho Yoo-Na was reported missing by her school on June 22
  • Her parents told her school they would be on a one-month trip to Jeju Island
  • Preliminary investigation suggested the family's death could be suicide

The bodies of a schoolgirl and her parents who went missing in May, shortly after the collapse of Terra (UST) and LUNA coins that shook the crypto markets, have been recovered by South Korean Police.

The bodies of Cho Yoo-Na, 10, and her parents were found in a submerged car near Wando Island's Songgok Harbor, reported Korea JoongAng Daily.

The police have identified the body of Cho, and they say the two other corpses, could be of her parents. While the schoolgirl's dad's body was found in the driver's seat, authorities said they found Cho and her mom in the backseat, a local news agency said.

The car's trunk reportedly had suitcases loaded with clothing and other personal items.

Suicide (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

The recovered bodies were sent to the National Forensic Service for postmortem examinations. The family's Audi reportedly nosedived 32 feet underwater and the retrieval was made possible with a crane.

A preliminary investigation could not yet pinpoint the circumstances that led to the family's horrific death. However, the evidence from the police report suggested the possibility of suicide due to financial issues caused by Terra's crash in May. Authorities looked into the parents' online activities and found out that their usual searches included sleeping pills, Luna Coin and ways to commit suicide.

The parents reportedly told their child's school that they would be on a one-month trip to Jeju Island from May 19 to June 15. When the student did not show up after June 15, her school reported her missing. Authorities later discovered that the family never made it to Jeju Island but went to Wando Island and stayed at a rental house they had reserved for May 24 to 31.

The rental house owner claimed the family remained in the room most of the time during their stay. The CCTV footage shows the family leaving the rental house at 11 p.m. on May 30, a day earlier than their scheduled checkout.

It looks like the family was knee-deep in financial issues before they went missing based on the unpaid bills police found at their home. The family's credit card debts were more than 100 million won or around $80,000, the South Korean Police discovered.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.