Deputy school director missing for 10 days amid financial dispute

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The family of a deputy school director, missing for 10 days, is deeply concerned about a possible financial dispute.

The father of the missing school director, 72 year old Chalerm Jaisanti of Sri Sai Mun village in Nong Chang Khuen subdistrict, Mueang Lamphun district, reported that his son, 43 year old Ruchakorn Jaisanti, also known as Bank, deputy director of San Pa Yang Municipality School in Mueang Lamphun district, has been missing for 10 days.

His silver Toyota sedan, registration number KG 6610 Lamphun is also missing. Ruchakorn was last seen wearing black slacks and a red shirt. The family, worried about his safety, has filed a missing person report with the Lamphun City Police Station.

Chalerm described Ruchakorn as a good man who doesn’t drink alcohol, doesn’t smoke or gamble. Ruchakorn is married to Tan, a woman from the San Sai district in Chiang Mai province. They have a four month old son. Chalerm suspects that Ruchakorn’s disappearance may be related to a financial issue at the school.

Ruchakorn was temporarily appointed as the acting director of the school due to the absence of a permanent director. Ruchakorn had authorised a payment of over 100,000 baht to the school’s financial officer, who subsequently absconded with the money. The municipality has already filed a legal complaint against the financial officer.

Chalerm believes this incident might have caused significant stress for his son, leading to his sudden disappearance. He urges anyone with information to contact him at 088-2534935 or 094-6354452.


Ruchakorn’s wife has also shared a timeline of his disappearance.

On June 16, Ruchakorn left his home in San Sai for the school. CCTV footage captured his car on the Super Highway heading towards Lamphun at 8.49am. Another CCTV captured his car in Chai Sathan, Saraphi at 10.02am. Ruchakorn did not return home in the evening, prompting his relatives to call him.

On June 17, the family reported Ruchakorn missing. Despite being able to reach his phone, he did not answer. The last location of his phone signal was detected at 12.06pm on the Lamphun-Chiang Mai Road in the Umong Subdistrict, covering an area from Darn Mueang Noodles shop to Umong Municipality. After this, all attempts to contact him failed, and no further CCTV footage was available.

Chalerm, while hopeful, is deeply worried about his son’s well-being. He continually appeals to the public for any information that could lead to Ruchakorn’s whereabouts. The financial dispute at the school poses a significant concern, reported KhaoSod.

The police are actively investigating the situation, but so far, no substantial leads have emerged.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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