The body of a 13-year-old girl who went missing during a train journey between Surat Thani and Bangkok was found near the railway track in Prachuab Khiri Khan's Pranburi district early on Tuesday morning.
Police have arrested a sleeping car attendant for allegedly assaulting and raping her before throwing her from the train.
Her family reported her missing to Noppawong police in Bangkok on Sunday after she disappeared from the secondclass compartment of a train during Saturday night.
The girl, who has been identified only as Kaem, was travelling with her elder sister, younger brother and her sister’s boyfriend. This was her first train ride.
Her sister told police that she last saw her sister before going to bed. Kaem was sleeping in a lower bunk.
“We took the train back to our home in Nonthaburi,” said her sister, adding that she fell asleep around 2am on Sunday and first noticed Kaem was missing when she woke at 4.30am.
She said she searched the train for Kaem before alighting at Bang Sue Train Station and reaching Noppawong Police Station at around 6.30am.
When she could not find Kaem in the morning, she alerted the train staff and searched the train but to no avail.
Police identified the suspect as Wanchai Sangkhao, 22, a bed attendant employed by a company with a concession from the State Railway of Thailand.
After several hours of interrogation, he confessed to police to being drunk when he sneaked into Kaem’s lower bunk and raped her. He then threw her from the window.
No one appeared to have noticed or heard the assault because the bunk was curtained and the sound of the train running on the track was loud.