A married Chinese couple were tied up, placed inside suitcases and thrown into a river while still alive in Thailand, police have said.
The body of Wang Jun was found in a black suitcase floating in the Ping river in Kamphaeng Phet, central Thailand, on Tuesday afternoon.
Police divers are still searching for his wife Zhu Bing, 28, who is also thought to have been dumped into the river in a suitcase.
The pair had rented three villas with 13 other Chinese tourists in Pattaya, near Bangkok, after they arrived on February 12. The rest of the group have since returned to China.
The body of Wang Jun, 30, was found in this suitcase in the Ping river, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand. Police divers are still searching for his wife Zhu Bing, 28, who is missing
Mr Jun, left, and his wife Ms Bing, right, had been renting three villas in Pattaya with 13 other Chinese tourists. The rest of the group has left the country
Police officers work to pull the suitcase out of the river. A driver and villagers have said that at least two suitcases were thrown into the river
Mr Jun’s body was found curled up inside the case with his arms and legs bound by red wire.
Fisherman Suthon Thapthan, who found the body, said he thought the case was loaded with ‘rotten fish’. ‘It was hard to open,’ he said. ‘But when I opened it, there was a man curled up inside and I was frightened.’
Police Lieutenant Colonel Jittipol Polponprueksa said they were investigating the murder and preparing two arrest warrants.
‘The victim arrived with his wife and she is missing. We are searching the river for her body, which we believe is also in a suitcase,’ he said.
‘A driver said he saw cases being thrown in the river and villagers have also given witness statements that they heard heavy objects landing in the river.
‘An autopsy examination confirmed that the victim died from drowning, so he was alive when he was put in the case.’
Police pictured searching for the body of Ms Bing. An autopsy has confirmed that her husband died from drowning, Thai police have said