Suspect in barrel murder arrested in South Korea

Divers and police with the plastic barrel found to contain the body of a murdered man  after it was retrieved from Map Prachan reservoir in Bang Lamung district in Chon Buri on Saturday. (Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
Divers and police with the plastic barrel found to contain the body of a murdered man after it was retrieved from Map Prachan reservoir in Bang Lamung district in Chon Buri on Saturday. (Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

One of three suspects in the murder of a man stuffed in a concrete-filled barrel found in Chon Buri has been arrested in South Korea.

The man in his 20s was arrested at his house on Sunday evening in Gyeongnam province, the Yonhap news agency reported on Monday.

"Details of the case cannot be disclosed as it is currently under investigation," a police official was quoted as saying.

The man is one of the three suspects in the death of a man found in a big plastic barrel dumped in Map Prachan reservoir in Bang Lamung district in Chon Buri. The barrel was also filled with concrete and was found by divers searching the reservoir bed on Saturday evening. The reservoir is not far from Pattaya.

The victim is believed to be Roh Eui Jong, 34, reported missing since May 3 when he was allegedly abducted by three Koreans.

Police are still confirming the victim's identity.

Police sources said on Sunday all three suspects had left Thailand. One of them returned to South Korea. Another had crossed illegally into Myanmar and the third into Cambodia.

Gyeongnam province is in southeastern South Korea. Its capital is Changwon.

Vocabulary

  • abduct: to take somebody away illegally, especially using force - ลักพาตัว
  • barrel: a large round container, usually made of wood or metal, with flat ends and, usually, curved sides - ถังใส่ของเหลว
  • concrete: a hard substance used in building made by mixing cement, sand, small stones, and water - คอนกรีต
  • dump (verb): to get rid of something unwanted - ทิ้ง
  • identity: who or what somebody/something is - ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
  • reservoir: a natural or artificial lake where water is stored - อ่างเก็บน้ำ
  • stuff: to fill a container or space with something, especially something soft - ยัดไส้
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
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