Woman who fled to Japan after murder now in Seattle jail

Detectives worked with the Japanese National Police and the U.S. Marshals Service to find her.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — 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 reported that Kyung Hee Dowdle, 48, has been held in King County Jail since Thursday on $5 million bond.

Authorities believe Toshio Ota, 75, 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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