Thai police find body of missing Korean man stuffed in barrel and dumped in reservoir

Posted on : 2024-05-13 16:53 KST Modified on : 2024-05-13 16:53 KST
One suspect was apprehended in Korea on Sunday, but denies involvement
Divers with Thailand’s police recover a plastic barrel in which the body of a missing Korean man was found from a reservoir in Pattaya on May 11, 2024. (Pattaya News)
Divers with Thailand’s police recover a plastic barrel in which the body of a missing Korean man was found from a reservoir in Pattaya on May 11, 2024. (Pattaya News)

Thai police continue to search for three South Koreans suspected of kidnapping and murder after the body of a Korean man was found in a barrel in Pattaya, a world-famous tourist district in Thailand. One suspect has been apprehended in South Korea.  
 
According to reports by Khaosod and other local news outlets, the body of a South Korean man who had gone missing was found in a black plastic barrel. Thai police believe that the body belongs to a 34-year-old South Korean tourist and have identified three South Koreans as possible suspects. The police believe that the three South Koreans in question kidnapped and murdered the man.
 
The man entered Thailand on April 30. His mother received a phone call on Tuesday, May 7, from an unknown person who told her that her son had thrown away narcotics, causing them damage, and demanding her to bring 3 million baht (around US$81,600) or her son would be killed. The man’s mother immediately reported the incident to the Korean Embassy in Thailand, which then coordinated with local police. 
 
According to CCTV footage examined by the police, on May 3, the man was escorted by two Korean men into a car and ended up at a rental accommodation in Pattaya.

The pickup truck that the man boarded was then seen on May 4 with a black object in its bed headed toward a nearby reservoir. An hour later, it returned to the lodgings in Pattaya. 

Police found the man’s body in a plastic drum that had been filled with cement in the reservoir on Saturday, and identified three suspects. While one suspect left Thailand on Thursday, Thai police continue their search for the remaining two suspects. 

Korean police apprehended one of the three suspects after he returned to the country. On Monday, the Gyeongnam Provincial Police’s mobile detective division said it had made an emergency arrest of a man in his 20s at 7:46 on Sunday evening in Jeongeup, a city in South Jeolla Province, and is questioning the suspect. The suspect reportedly has denied all charges. 

By Jung E-gil, senior staff writer

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