Missing girl found dead, murderer arrested

The girl who went missing from on an overnight train from Surat Thani to Bangkok on Sunday was found dead near the rail tracks in Pranburi district of Prachup Khiri Khan province early Tuesday. She was initially suspected to be raped and thrown out of the running train.

A suspect, an outsourced railway employee who catered to servicing passengers on the bogey, was arrested and later  confessed to raping and killing the  girl, identified only as Nong Gaem.

The body of the 13-year-old girl was found five metres from the tracks.

Wanchai Saengkhao, a 22-year-old bed-sheet replacement employee of a company outsourced by the State Railway of Thailand,  confessed Monday night to raping and killing the girl, before throwing her body off a window of a sleeper car of Train No. 174.

He was flown to Pranburi Tuesday morning  to reenact the crime amid protection by a hundred of police for fear of being mobbed and assaulted by angry residents’

Earlier yesterday the girl’s relatives went to Hua Hin where a train bed sheet and a blood-stained T-shirt had been found near a track.

The naked body of the girl was found in a thick grass field five metres from the southern track and about two kilometres from where the railway crosses the entrance of the Pran Buri forest park in Wang Pong sub-district, Pran Buri district.

The relatives and rescue workers took about two hours trying to find the body in the dark and found her early today.

The suspect, Wanchai, said he had taken methamphetamine since the train had left Nakhon Si Thammarat province and drunk beer with friends in the fourth sleeper car while the victim had been on the third car of the train.

After the drinking, he walked pass the girl’s bed and opened a window of the non-air-conditioned sleeper car of the girl so that the wind blocked the noises before attacking her. After raping the girl, he killed the victim and threw her body off the train while it was approaching the Wang Pong station.

He then threw the blood-stained bed sheet and the victim’s clothes out of the window while the train was passing the Nong Kae station adjacent to the Wang Pong station.

The body of the girl was admitted to Police General hospital in Bangkok for autopsy late today.