The parents of a 14 year old schoolgirl missing for the past two weeks have now filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD), saying they are convinced she’s been kidnapped.
They say their daughter last used social media in Rayong province (east of Pattaya) on December 28, the day after she vanished. A police source has revealed they had evidence the girl appears to have taken extra clothes with her and was living in another province, having been taken by a man she knew.
The source says the girl had left a note where she complained of being “tired and under tremendous stress from her family”.
Her parents say they haven’t heard anything from either the girl or anyone with her since she left Sai Panya School in Bangkok in a tuk-tuk, according to CCTV footage, and disappeared. It appears her disappearance came after she chatted with someone on social media.
At first the family thought the studious girl, who had no boyfriend and hadn’t had a fight with any family members, might have run away to be with friends for the New Year holidays.
Although they initially filed a missing person report with the Plappachai 1 police station, they had hoped she would return after the holidays but she never did.
Her friends also say she hasn’t been with any of them.
STORY: The Nation
Japanese tourist re-united with his bag and valuables
PHOTO: The Pattaya News
A Japanese tourist has offered his sincere thanks to a minivan driver, Pattaya’s Tourist Police and the Department of Land Transport.
The Pattaya News reports that 46 year old Japanese tourist Ryochi Mihashi had taken a minivan ride from Rayong to South Pattaya but left his bag in the van. The bag contained 4,100 baht, US$440, 56,000 yen, his phone and notebook.
The driver Somchai Bunsiri handed the bag into the Land Transport offices on Sunday after finding bag left in his van. The Japanese Embassy and local tourist police were able to help track down Ryochi and re-unite him with his lost bag.
Chief of the Pattaya Tourist police Lt-Col Piyapong Ensarn hosted a quick photo opportunity with Ryochi confirming that all was in order.
The Japanese tourist expressed his gratitude to the driver for his honesty, and the DLT and police for being able to find him.
SOURCE: The Pattaya News
TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.
TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.
The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).
Songkran festival extended HERE.
He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.
Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.
Wife claims husband died after being beaten up in police custody
A woman has made an official complaint after her husband died after being in police custody.
The distraught wife went to Panat Nikom police in Chon Buri to complain yesterday after police called her to say that her husband had died whilst in detention.
31 year old Naruephon had earlier been arrested at his house on charges of smoking marijuana. He was detained and put in the cells at the local police station.
Not long after, his wife Praphaporn received a telephone call to say that her husband had died in hospital.
She claims her husband was in good health with no medical issues. She believes he had been beaten up by police whilst in detention.
Pol Col Kritsana Wanabadeenimit of the Panat Nikom police says the body was sent for an autopsy.
Everyone involved in the arrest and questioning of the man was being interviewed as the investigation continued. Pol Col Kritsana promised transparency and justice for both sides.
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