Songkran was missing for a week when a rotten body was found in the sugarcane fields of the neighbouring district of Manjakiri by harvesters. It was just luck that the victim’s niece happened to be in the district to prevent the police from incinerating the body. Mr Samhadthai and the victim’s wife were the only ones to see the body at Srinakarin Hospital in Khon Kaen province before it was shipped to the Central Institute of Forensic Science in Bangkok. A month later a letter came to the victim’s wife that asked her to submit DNA samples from the victim to compare with the body found in the field. A while after, results of the DNA testing sent to the victim’s family said that they did not match and that the corpse was in fact female. However, Mr Samhadthai was absolutely positive that the body sent to the hospital was that of Songkran, because he remembered well the shape of his skull, forehead, height and physical stature. OFFICIAL ACTION: It was not until 7 p.m. that Mr Namprom’s family was aware of the situation, because his wife could not get through to him on the phone. Soon after they went to report it to the police, but were told to come back in two days. Although the next time the police did file the report in their records, they were quick to make accusations about the victim running off with another woman. During the investigation, the hotel’s CCTV footage was searched but nothing was found; just a flash of light, which would seem to infer that it was interfered with. The police drew up a report and all their findings were submitted – the report concluded that Songkran had intentionally disappeared. However, it is important to note that the policeman who analysed the findings told the informant of this JPF report, Mr Samhadthai, that he ‚believed that Mr.xxxx ha*d+ something to do with this case‛. This person was later moved from his post to another department. Shortly after filing a complaint with the local police, the informant wrote a letter of appeal to Mr Thaksin Shinawatra asking for fair-play when the then-Prime Minister visited the province. Other than that, he also sent a complaint to the Government’s postal address, but was told by a contact that the case was the 200th in the queue and that it would take a long time from them to respond. As of 19 September 2011, none of his complaints have been answered.
Incident 13 NAME: Ms Oaynapa Sukprasong and Ms. Wantana Thaksima DATE OF INCIDENT: 2 December 2004 APPROX. LOCATION OF INCIDENT: road in Beungpichai sub-district, Kalsin district, Kalasin province DATE OF REPORT: 20 September 2011 ADDRESS OF VICTIM: 29 Pradit rd., Kalasin sub-district, Kalasin district, Kalasin province AGE OF VICTIM: unknown ETHNICITY: Thai 16
Published on Jun 6, 2012