'Nong Gina' found

'Nong Gina' found

The abduction suspect (red shirt), a Myanmar man identified only as Siew, 44. (Photo: Panumet Tanraksa)
The abduction suspect (red shirt), a Myanmar man identified only as Siew, 44. (Photo: Panumet Tanraksa)

A young girl missing since Sunday from her home in a remote village in Chiang Mai province has been found safe.

The girl was found abandoned inside a hut nearby a cave. Police were led to the cave by a man who confessed on Wednesday morning that he had kidnapped the toddler on Sunday night.

The abductor said he left her outside the cave as a sacrifice to forest and mountain spirits.

Earlier Wednesday morning, provincial police chief Pol Maj Gen Pichet Jiranantasin had confirmed the man confessed and was accompanying rescuers on their way to the cave.

Rescuers found 23-month-old Phonsiri "Nong Gina" Wongsilarung later in the morning, about three kilometres from her home, Thai media reports said.

Pacific news agency also reported that Nong Gina's mother had confirmed she was found alive and safe in an abandoned hut in a banana plantation.

The girl's disappearance from her home in Ban Huay Fak Dap in tambon Inthanin of Mae Taeng district prompted a huge search.

The suspect was identified only as Siew, 44, a Myanmar national and friend of the girl's father.

According to Pol Maj Gen Pichet, Mr Siew confessed on Wednesday morning after two days of intense interrogation.


  • abandoned: left alone by someone who is supposed to look after you - ถูกปล่อยทิ้งไว้
  • abductor (noun): a person who abducts/kidnaps somebody - ผู้ลักพา
  • accompany: to go with someone - ไปกับ,ไปด้วยกัน,ไปเป็นเพื่อน
  • confessed (verb): admitted to having committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
  • disappearance: moving something or someone somewhere where they can no longer be seen - การหายไป, การสาบสูญ, การสูญหาย
  • intense (adj): very strong and showing a lot of emotion - เข้มข้น
  • interrogation: asking someone a lot of questions in order to get information - การสอบถาม, การซักถาม
  • plantation (n): a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or trees, are grown - ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
  • prompted (verb): caused - กระตุ้น, ก่อให้เกิด
  • provincial (adj): related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country - ประจำจังหวัด, ส่วนท้องถิ่น
  • remote: far away from other cities, towns, or people - ที่ห่างไกล 
  • rescuers (noun): people who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
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