Three suspected Burmese migrants found brutally murdered in southern Thailand forest

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Police have launched a murder investigation after the bodies of three men were found dumped in a forest in Songkhla province in southern Thailand yesterday. Police suspect the men were migrant workers, possibly from Myanmar.

At 7.30am, officers at Bang Klam Police Station were informed that three men were found dead at a fly-tipping spot in the forest, around 200 metres from the Lopburi Ramesuan Road in Tha Chang subdistrict, between Bang Klam and Hat Yai districts.

Police found the bodies of three men lying next to each other covered up with cloth, sacks and plastic bags. The men were estimated to have died two to three days prior, reports Matichon.

Police said that the men were not Thai and could possibly be migrant workers from Myanmar, but there were no identification documents at the scene to confirm this.

A preliminary autopsy revealed that all three men were murdered. One of the men’s hands was tied up with a cloth and his throat was slit, reports Matichon. The other two men had been attacked but a more thorough autopsy needs to be carried out to find out their exact cause of death.

The man who found the bodies said he goes to the spot every day, which is used as a fly-tipping ground, to search through the rubbish for anything valuable.

At 7am, the man arrived in the forest and saw an “unusual pile of clothes.” He removed the clothes on top to find the bodies of the three men concealed underneath, so he immediately informed the village chief, who called the police to the scene.

Police suspect the men were murdered elsewhere and their bodies dumped in the forest later. The men are believed to be Burmese migrant workers but police are working on their exact identification.

Investigating officers collected evidence from the crime scene and are accelerating the search for the murderer.

Yesterday, the body of a woman who went missing last month was found buried in the forest in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.