A man whose burned body was found Monday morning in Annandale was identified yesterday as a 57-year-old carpenter and general contractor from Burke, and Fairfax County police are asking for the public's help in finding his van.
The identity of Hak Bong Kim of the 9300 block of Jackson Street was confirmed through dental records. He was last seen Sunday morning, and his family reported him missing that evening when he did not return home, police said.
Kim's body was discovered by a resident who was walking a dog in the 3500 block of Ravensworth Road, near St. Michael's Catholic Church. Police said the body was so badly burned that they could not immediately determine whether it was a man or a woman.
Officer Rich Henry, a police spokesman, said Kim died from unspecified trauma, not from the burns. Henry said he did not think the homicide was gang-related.
A family member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because his relative's killer was at large, said Kim was a native of Seoul and immigrated to the area in 1980 with his wife. He opened a contracting business and ran it out of his home, the relative said, and business eventually flourished through referrals.
Kim was a self-taught carpenter who performed a variety of work, the relative said: refurbishing homes, building decks and repairing plumbing and electrical problems. He often established friendships with his clients that lasted long after he had finished working on their homes, the family member said.
"He would go the extra mile," the relative said. "He'd visit some of them if they were in the hospital."
Kim was a soccer fan and enjoyed fishing. He did not have any other family in this country.
"He loved to do his job and work for people," his family member said last night. "He made sure they were more than satisfied with his service. He touched so many lives."
Kim's 2001 white Ford Econoline van, with a ladder rack and Virginia license plate YDJ-1048, is missing.
Anyone with information about the van or the case is asked to call police at 866-411-TIPS.