6 June 2024

The body of a man was found stuffed into a 200-litre plastic drum and covered with cement on Saturday. It was retrieved from Map Prachan Reservoir in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri.

The remains have been sent to the Police General Hospital for identification and autopsy.

Yesterday, divers from the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation were asked by Pol Maj-Gen Thiradet Thumsutee, a commander attached to Metropolitan Police Bureau, to look for a 200-litre plastic drum in the reservoir.

It took the divers about two hours to find the drum in three metres of water, only about two metres from the shore. When the drum was pried open, the body of a man, about 170-cm tall, was found inside, covered by cement.

The identity of the victim is not yet known, but police suspect that he could be a South Korean, 35-year-old Roh Eui Jong, whom the South Korean Embassy in Bangkok reported missing at Khlong Tan police station on May 7th.

Pol Maj-Gen Thiradet said the mother of the suspected victim received a call, made from her son’s phone by an anonymous man, telling her that her son had dumped their stash of illegal narcotics in water and demanding that she send them 3 million baht in ransom money by 8am on May 8th.

The police investigation indicates that Roh Eui Jong was abducted from his apartment in the Khlong Tan area on May 3rd.

Meanwhile, Pol Maj-Gen Noppasilp Poonsawat, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said yesterday that they have managed to identify two suspects, one of whom left Thailand on May 9th.

He added that police have been investigating the abduction to ascertain whether more people are involved.