CIFS finds it difficult to conduct DNA test on Pakapong’s internal organs

The Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) has revealed that a special solution is being applied in conducting a DNA test on the internal organs of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, since they had been kept in formalin for a long time.

Pakapong, 18, died on Oct 17, one day after he returned to the school in Nakhon Nayok after a short break.

The army’s Institute of Pathology of Phramongkutklao Hospital reached a conclusion that he died from acute heart failure. But his parents suspected a foul play and asked Nakhon Nayok police to investigate the cadet’s death.

Police then requested the CIFS to conduct the second autopsy but the CIFS forensic officers found that some of his internal organs, including heart and brain, had been removed.

This prompted Pakapong’s parents to call on the army’s Institute of Phathology of Phramongkutklao Hospital to return the organs.

On Nov 23, the institute handed over the organs to the family, who then gave them to the CIFS.

Som Phromros, the CIFS director, said a panel of doctors had already examined the body and the internal organs.  However, since the organs had long been kept in formalin, the doctors have found it difficult to conduct the DNA test on them.

Therefore, a special solution is being applied in the DNA test, and the test has not been completed, Mr Som said.

Mr Som said CIFS would like to assure all concerned that the examination of Pakapong’s body and internal organs is being carried out with required standards and transparency.

The police investigators and Pakapong’s parents will be reported on the examination results, he added.