Grim discovery in the woods: Unidentified foreigner found dead and burned in Lop Buri forest

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A local man discovered the dead body of an unidentified foreign man in a forest in the central province of Lop Buri. Police believe the man was murdered before being burned at the scene.

A Thai man, 55 year old Somboon Onjaeng, reported the shocking discovery to Chai Badan Police Station at 10am yesterday, September 12. The Somboon informed officers that he was riding his motorcycle in the area to go fishing and encountered, what initially appeared to be a discarded mannequin, but upon closer inspection, revealed itself to be a lifeless human body.

Officers and a rescue team rushed to the scene to investigate the man’s death. They discovered the lifeless burned body in the forest located 20 metres away from the roadside.

According to the police report, all of the deceased’s clothes were set ablaze leaving only a button on his Mc Jeans trousers. The man’s head bore several wounds and his hands were in cuffs.

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Officers believe the man was murdered and the suspects attempted to conceal the dead body by burning it.

The superintendent of the Chai Badan Police Station, Chaimitr Sittiphun, reported to ThaiRath that his officers had not yet managed to identify the deceased but they believed that he was not a resident of the area as no one had filed a complaint on a missing person.

Officers anticipated that the man was murdered at a different location before being transported to the forest. A security camera revealed that the deceased was a Chinese man who was working at a factory in the province.

The superintendent assured the press that they would be able to identify the dead body shortly and arrest the murderer very soon. Officers would also coordinate with other police stations within the province and outside to check any missing person reports.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at

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