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Forensic officials to conduct DNA tests on eight bones believed to be Billy’s

By The Nation



File Photo: Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen


The Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) is extracting DNA from the eight bones that reportedly belonged to Karen activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen for specific and more in-depth tests in order to determine his time of death – a process that will take at least two weeks to complete, CIFS director Pol Lt-Colonel Wannapong Khotcharak said on Friday (September 13).


The bones were retrieved from where a 200-litre oil drum was submerged near a bridge leading to the Kaeng Krachan Dam in Phetchaburi province was found in April. The drum contained two bones, including a piece of skull, which were proved to belong to Billy through DNA tests. 


The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) used this information last week to confirm that Billy, who went missing in suspicious circumstances more than five years ago, had been killed and launched a murder investigation. The CIFS, meanwhile, has been conducting tests on some 20 pieces of bone found at the spot.


Meanwhile, DSI deputy chief Pol Lt-Colonel Korrawat Panprapakorn said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa was busy and had postponed a meeting with the DSI officers, scheduled for Friday (September 13), to next week. 


Korrawat added that the investigators did not have any particular points to discuss with the minister, and that they only wanted to thank him and his ministry’s executives for cooperating with the DSI.


He added that many DSI officials were still working on site and interviewing witnesses, saying their conclusion was pending CIFS test results on the eight remaining human bones. He said DSI chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang will hold a meeting to follow-up on the progress next week.


Billy was last seen in Kaeng Krachan National Park on April 17, 2014, when he was apprehended by then-park chief Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn and his four colleagues at a checkpoint for allegedly illegally collecting wild honey from the forest.


Billy was known to have had a continued dispute with Chaiwat, as the activist encouraged ethnic Karen living in the park to file a complaint against the park chief over alleged abuse. Park officials have consistently insisted that they only very briefly detained Billy for questioning and released him without charges.


Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376172



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they just want to know timing for murder, dna is already confirmed.

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31 minutes ago, Blue bruce said:

How did the DSI know where to look for the drum after being missing for 5 years????

Authorities were given the precise location of the body and the underwater vehicle found it exactly where they were told to search. It would seem someone was given immunity in order to unlock a cold case and that person is now singing like a canary. This is very important because not only do they need evidence he was killed which they now have, but now they need corroborating evidence of who did it. Doing the DNA test is another sign of thorough work they are doing on this case. Very good job by the investigators every step of the way thus far. From the very beginning this one was never swept under the rug. They have been methodically following the trail of the killer.


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