The DNA from a skeleton found at an uninhabited spot in Loei matched that of a missing 4-year-old girl, reportedly the victim of an alleged rapist and serial killer of children identified only as Nui, officials said.
The 4-year-old went missing during a festival on February 5, 2013. Nui’s arrest last month for allegedly raping and killing a 6-year-old girl in Bangkok’s Soi La Salle on December 6 led to a confession that he had committed many other crimes, including two in Loei.
The missing girl’s family yesterday afternoon held a funeral for the girl at a temple in Muang Loei, after they had collected the bones from the Police General Hospital. The test confirmed the bones’ DNA matched the girl’s mother.
At the funeral several people donated money to help the girl’s family, who were so poor they had to borrow the coffin from a shop. Flowers to decorate the funeral were not bought but gathered by relatives.
Four monks performed a rite at the crime scene to help the girl’s spirit return home and the cremation rite is set for this Friday.
Relatives said they were told police could not bring Nui to re-enact the crime in Loei for fear he would be assaulted or killed by an angry crowd and police had to search for his other victims.