Bodies found in sea off Surat
- Published: 13/11/2012 at 09:11 PM
- Online news:
SURAT THANI: Police searched an abandoned hotel in Muang district Tuesday after the bodies of two men were found in the Gulf of Thailand off Chiya district in an apparent murder case.
A team of investigators and forensic police arrived with a search warrant at Tapee Riverside Hotel, which is owned by a former local politician. Officers said they were looking for evidence after an investigation indicated the two slain men, who were accompanied by two others who have been reported missing, were last seen there before their bodies were discovered.
A fishing vessel alerted local police Sunday that they discovered four bodies about three nautical miles from shore near Ban Don Bay on the Gulf of Thailand.
However, when a team of officers arrived, they found only one body identified later as Sangrawee Sitthipan, 33. A search in the area later found the body of Paitoon Poommit, 29. Police said the two bodies showed that they were brutally killed.
Deputy Surat Thani police chief Pornsak Nuannoo quoted a witness as saying four men were brought out of the hotel in a pickup truck on last Monday night. This matched the information given by Neng Sitthipan, Sangrawee’s 42-year-old wife, who told officers her husband had telephoned to say he had been locked up in the hotel. She never heard from him again.
The two other missing men were believed to be Sitthichai Poommit, 33, who is Mr Paitoon’s brother, and Arkom Aumpawa, 32, after their families had filed missing-person reports with the police, said Pol Col Pornsak.
An air and sea search was under way Tuesay for Sitthichai and Arkom.
Officials found bloodstains at the hotel’s front door and collected samples for DNA tests.
A further inspection in the kitchen found cigarette butts, shoes, safety helmets, nylon rope and electrical cables that had been peeled off. In the hotel rooms and conference room on the second floor, all electrical cables had been removed from air conditioners, and room ornaments made of aluminium also had disappeared, Pol Col Pornsak said.
“It was believed that the victims may have broken into the hotel to steal electrical wires and valuables for sale," said the deputy Surat Thani police chief. He speculated, "There might be a conflict in their group or they may be got caught stealing by the (hotel) owner or the caretaker.
“We found a large quantity of electronic equipment and valuables had been missing,” he said.
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