6 June 2024

South Korean police have taken into custody a man who is suspected of involvement in the murder of a South Korean man, whose body was found stuffed in a plastic barrel and dumped into Map Prachan Reservoir in Chon Buri province.

According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, the suspect, in his 20s, was apprehended at his residence Sunday evening.

In Bangkok, Pol Maj-Gen Noppasilp Poonsawat, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said they have received, from South Korean police, DNA samples from the suspected victim’s father.

DNA samples from the suspected victim’s elder sister and another relative have also been obtained and, along with the DNA of the suspected victim’s father, will be compared to the DNA obtained from the deceased, to confirm the identity of the victim, currently believed to be 35-year-old Roh Eui Jong.

Noppasilp said he has been informed about the arrest of a suspect in South Korea, adding that a second suspect has already escaped to Cambodia. He said an immigration report shows that a third suspect has not left Thailand through normal channels, adding that they are still trying to locate him.

He said that he has asked the South Korean police to check in what kind of business, if any, the three suspects are involved.

Pol Maj-Gen Supeechai Limsivavong, commander of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Police General Hospital, said today that it will probably take about three days for the DNA identification process to be completed.

According to Yonhap news agency, the suspect was apprehended at his residence on Sunday evening and placed under emergency arrest, Yonhap cited the Gyeongnam Provincial Police Agency.

Police had been tracing the whereabouts of the suspect, who is one of three South Koreans suspected of kidnapping and murdering a South Korean national in Pattaya.