Residents in the southern province of Narathiwas found the lifeless bodies of three people with gunshot wounds in a sedan truck submerged in the Juerae Lake yesterday. This morning, another dead body was found near the scene. The authorities have reason to believe that the two incidents are interconnected.
Buketa Police Station received distressing reports from residents who had discovered a sunken car in Juerae Lake, Wang district of Narathiwas, at 4.20pm yesterday. Officers arrived at the scene to find a blue Toyota Yaris sedan with three dead individuals confined to the boot of the vehicle. In the absence of any missing person’s report matching the victims, the authorities decided to conduct an autopsy of the bodies, which were subsequently transferred to the Song Khla Nakarin facility.
The three deceased individuals were later identified as a 27 year old man named Niheng, a 38 year old man named Muhammad-aliya, and a 19 year old man named Aussawe. All three had been shot dead by unidentified guns.
Niheng had four gunshot wounds to his chest, Muhammad-aliya had four gunshot chest wounds, and Aussawe had three gunshot wounds to his chest and neck.
This morning, officers were notified of another dead body in the Kolok River, which is about 20 kilometres from the Juerae Lake. The dead body had a shot wound to his forehead.
The relatives of the dead man contacted police after learning locals had discovered a body. They confirmed the body was that of 32 year old Mooseng who disappeared from a family house four days ago.
A recent report on Channel 3 disclosed that, based on a criminal report filed by the police, three individuals, excluding Aussawe, were linked to drug trafficking.
Law enforcement authorities suspect that the murder was driven by drug-related issues and personal conflicts.
In a case involving more than ten potential suspects, the Commander of the Narathiwas Provincial Police Office, Dirake Chomyong, confirmed that the investigative team is concentrating on unravelling internal conflicts within the drug trafficking syndicate. This involves scrutinizing security camera footage and personal details of the suspects in the vicinity of the crime scene.
The authorities are also interrogating relatives and acquaintances of the victims to acquire additional information that could assist them in uncovering the truth behind the crime.
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