The body of a teenager accused of luring a 16-year-old British boy into a forest in Thailand where he was beaten to death has been discovered.
Suraphltchaya Khamsa, 16, was found buried in a shallow grave just five kilometers from there Woramet Ben Taota was discovered on May 7, police officers said.
The woman’s family identified her body at the scene from the braces and jewelry she had been wearing.
They reportedly broke down in tears when it was revealed that their daughter had been murdered.
Police have launched an investigation into 44-year-old Chaiwat Boongarin, who allegedly admitted to killing Ben but denied murdering Suraphltchaya.
He is reportedly facing a likely death penalty if convicted on any of the alleged charges.
Lampang Provincial Police Commander Mongkol Sampawapol said: “The police received information about the body’s location during the search operation.”
“The suspect who admitted killing the boy denies killing the girl.
“He says someone else attacked her and buried her body in the woods.
“We suspect the suspect is responsible for both murders, however police will continue to investigate the deaths to determine if anyone else was involved.”
“The female victim’s body will now be taken to the hospital for an autopsy to find evidence of rape or sexual assault as the suspect has a history of these crimes.”
“There were signs of bruising on her face and she is believed to have been hit with a solid object until her death.”
Suraphltchaya and Ben were last seen riding a motorbike together on May 6 after visiting her grandfather earlier in the afternoon.
Ben was found dead the next morning with severe head wounds.
His body had been dumped in the forest but not buried.
His phone and cash from his wallet were missing.
Local thug Chaiwat was later identified from surveillance cameras as he was driving around on a black Honda motorcycle at the time of death.
He later allegedly tried to hide the vehicle in a friend’s shed before switching to a new bike.
Chaiwat admitted to killing Ben. He said his motive was revenge for a drug deal in which the youth stole pills from him.
Earlier this week, Ben’s devastated father Steven Graham, 60, confronted the alleged killer during a messy crime reconstruction on Wednesday.
Steven said, “Look me in the eye you coward.”
“May you rot in hell.”
At the time, he later told local media, “It was awful to see.” [Boongarin]just ghastly.
“And the girl is still missing … she was the girl that sat on the back of Ben’s motorcycle and they went together to where that guy was.”
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