A taxi driver found dead with his body nailed to a cross in an apparent recreation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ probably carried out the ordeal on his own as a suicide, South Korean police said.
The 58-year-old man was wearing only underwear and a crown of thorns, his hands and feet nailed to the cross, a stab wound on his abdomen and nylon strings tied around his neck when he was found on May 1, a week after Easter, in an abandoned stone quarry in the south of the country.
After days of investigation, police said they believe the man, surnamed Kim, committed suicide without any assistance.
Mr Kim is believed to have nailed his feet to the cross, tied his neck to it and stabbed himself in the side. He is then believed to have drilled holes in his hands and slipped them over nails on the cross, Gyeongbuk Provincial Police Agency officers said.
Officials re-enacted some elements of the crucifixion and concluded that an adult male could perform the act on his own, the agency said.
The man was a devout Christian and police speculated that his "deep religious faith" may have helped him endure "immense pain".
Police said they found the man's notes planning the crucifixion. Before his apparent suicide, Mr Kim closed his bank account and cancelled his mobile phone contract in apparent preparation to end his life, police said.
A post mortem showed he died of bleeding from the stab wound and suffocation, police said. Officers said they had no information on how long he might have been there before dying.