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Headless Body Was Just the Beginning of Strange Saga

Posted May 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— What began with the discovery of a headless body in a neighborhood lake has become a tangled tale of drugs, money and several suspects.

A second suspect, David Lundgren, was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of Mauricio Raul Campanio.

Investigators believe the crime was linked to what is known as the "drug pipeline" that runs along Interstate 95, through Fayetteville.

They say Kun Young Yoon, who was arrested and charged with murder on May 14, was delivering drugs to Cumberland County.

"Basically, from what we understand, the victim was bringing some drugs from Florida to New York," said Fayetteville police Det. Katherine Guilette. "Fayetteville is a stopping point, and the suspect is someone who lives here in Fayetteville that he brought drugs to."

Authorities do not, however, think that the decapitation was intended to send some sort of message to others involved in drug trafficking. Apparently it became a necessity.

"He had a couple of days where, I guess, he wasn't sure of how to dispose of the body," Guilette said. "And once he did make a decision on what he was going to do and tried to get the body out of the car, rigor mortis had set in, and he was not able to get the body out of the trunk without cutting off the head."

Detectives say Yoon then took the victim to Lundgren's home on Lomond Lake. According to court papers, the two carried the body down to a gazebo, tied weights to it, and loaded it in a boat.

Police say Lundgren told them that he was the one who threw the body overboard. Lundgren has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Police are currently looking into the possibility of other activity in the vicinity of the Village Gate apartment complex, where officers arrested Yoon.

Relatives of Yoon say they were shocked when he was arrested and that they don't believe he was involved in the crimes.