Police find remains in South Thailand believed to be missing official

Authorities use an excavator to dig into a heap of soil near a house in Pattani on Thursday. A motorcycle of a missing local official was found. (Photo: Abdullah Benjakat, Bangkok Post)

Police and paramilitary rangers found human remains in South Thailand yesterday morning, which are believed to be those of a missing local official.

The authorities found the bones on a cliff in Moo 6 village of Sri Sakhorn district in Pattani province. Along with the bones, they found the ID card of the chief of the Tambon Don Administrative Organisation, 67 year old Suthee Wayeng, who was last seen on August 30 last year.

On that date, Suthee left home on his motorcycle to check a tap water plant in the Don sub-district of the Panare district. At his house was his wife, a retired public school teacher on regular dialysis, his unemployed daughter and his son-in-law, who works as a labourer.

Yesterday, the team of police and rangers also went to a house about 20 metres from the tap water plant and discovered Suthee’s motorcycle, which had been crushed and buried under soil, near the place. The officials took the house owner to a military camp for interrogation, Bangkok Post reported.

Investigators suspect that eight people were behind Suthee’s disappearance, according to sources.

Forensic police have yet to conduct DNA tests on the bones to confirm their identity.

This news comes after another body was found in southern Thailand last month.

In a harrowing incident that has left locals and authorities stunned, the decomposed body of an unidentified man was found washed ashore in South Thailand. The shocking discovery was made by local fishermen on rocks along the beach, close to a popular tourist pier in the Koh Khai Pathiu district of Chumphon, Bangkok Post reported.

What’s even more alarming was that the body was found without clothes and most of the flesh had been stripped away, leaving only the skeleton, legs, arms, and head. Police believed that the man had died around a month or two ago.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.