Hmong family of 5, including 3 children, murdered
Police suspected robbery was the motive for the murders
published : 9 Feb 2023 at 12:49
updated: 9 Feb 2023 at 15:56
writer: Assawin Pinitwong
TAK: A Hmong family of five, including three children aged between three months and ten years, were found dead in a remote plantation in Wang Chao district on Wednesday morning.
The five bodies were found near the Nakhiri stream about 10 kilometres from the centre of Sri Khiri Rak village in tambon Chiang Thong. There were assault wounds on their bodies, which had started to decay, police said.
Two of the victims were identified as Jia Saengsawang, 34, a Chiang Thong native, and her husband Chao Manpatanakarn, 46, a native of Khao Kho district in Phetchabun.
The other three were their children, identified as 3-month-old Waranya, 7-year-old Ekapol, and 10-year-old Pibul. They were registered as natives of tambon Khirirat in Phop Phra district of Tak.
Their bodies sustained bullet and stab wounds, and a spent cartridge of a 9mm bullet and black plastic bags of ginger were found at the scene, police said.
Officers questioned the victims' relatives and local workers and brought up robbery as a possible cause of the murders.
Investigators from the Provincial Police Region 6 said that the murdered family had employed migrant workers to work in the ginger plantation, and a 9mm-calibre pistol was owned by the male victim.
Their relatives said the family left home for the plantation on Sunday.