Inquiry launched after discovery of body parts in canal
Police are trying to determine if a man whose body parts were found in Bangkok’s Saen Saeb Canal had been murdered.
“At this point, it is still not possible to conclude whether he was murdered,” Deputy National Police Commissioner Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakan said on Monday.
Police became involved after the body parts, including the head, torso and legs, were found floating in the canal on Saturday.
“But it’s possible that the body might have been cut by propeller blades of boats cruising along the canal,” Chalermkiat said.
Sources have said that the body parts very likely belong to Winai Jaisaen, 49.
According to these sources, Winai was a homeless man without any regular job, who also had a history of seizures. The last time he was seen suffering such an attack was on July 19.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt General Chanthep Sesavej said theft and robbery could be ruled out.
“But we are investigating whether he engaged in brawl or was pushed into the canal,” he said.
Chalermkiat said DNA tests were now ongoing to confirm whether the body parts were Winai’s.
“Water in the lungs will also be checked. Results will tell whether he died in the canal or before he was thrown into it,” he said.