Body of a 13-year-old girl who was missing while taking a train ride early on Sunday was found in Prachuab Khiri Khan province early this morning.
Searchers found the body of the girl, identified only as Kaem, in bush near the railway tracks. Wanchai Sangkhao, 22, an employee in charge of beds in the second class of the compartment she stayed confessed to police that he attacked her when she went to a restroom during the night before raping and pushing her from the train.
Earlier Colonel Pirat Nasomwas, superintendent of Railway Police Command 3, disclosed that a food vendor in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin saw the girl – identified only as “Kaem” – eating at his business at 2pm on Sunday.
“The food vendor said the girl was accompanied by an older boy who has long hair,” Pirat said.
Pirat said the vendor provided the information after seeing photos of Kaem.
Her disappearance has become big news, with police quickly summoning for questioning four cleaners who work on the train she travelled on.
The State Railway of Thailand has offered Bt50,000 to anyone who can help locate her.
Kaem boarded a Bangkok-bound train in Surat Thani on Saturday. She was travelling with two sisters, one younger and one older, and the latter’s boyfriend. The oldest of the three siblings is 22.
“We got on the train to head back to our home in Nonthaburi,” the oldest sister said, adding that she fell asleep around 2am on Sunday and when she woke up at 4.30am, she could not find Kaem.
She said she looked throughout the train for Kaem before alighting at Bang Sue Train Station and arriving at Noppawong Police Station at around 6.30am.
Based on the sister’s information, police have managed to narrow the scope of the search.
“Given the time frame, we can guess that Kaem might have disappeared around the time the train was in Prachuap Khiri Khan,” said Pol Lt-Colonel Songklod Pattanawaraporn, chief investigator at Noppawong Police Station.
With the latest information, police are seeking video from security cameras in Hua Hin in the hope of spotting Kaem.