11 July 2024

Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district police are investigating a claim that a female Chinese national went missing from her hotel in Bangkok on June 5 and might have been kidnapped for a Bt25 million ransom.

According to Pol Col Chaiwat Pradabthai, superintendent of Phra Khanong police, the station received a call on Friday night from a Thai male, identifying himself only as “Mu”, who claimed to be an interpreter for the Thai Cycling Association.

The man claimed that he had received a call from the father of Zin Loei, the Chinese female, telling him that a mysterious person had contacted him via V-Chat, demanding five million yuan (about Bt25 million) in return for the safe return of his daughter.

The police colonel said that Zin Loei arrived in Bangkok with a group of 10 Chinese friends on June 5 and had checked into a hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 58. At about 3pm yesterday she left the hotel alone and has not returned since.

He said he has checked with immigration police, who maintain that there is no record of Zin Loei leaving Thailand, adding that his men have not been contacted by “Mu” since he alerted the police to the suspected kidnapping.

Chaiwat said that he has not ruled out the possibility of a kidnap, but his men are still investigating the case.