Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Police call on FBI in bid to identify body in freezer

BANGKOK: Police are seeking help from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help identify a dismembered body found in a freezer during last week’s raid on a passport forgery gang.

crime, death, immigration, police,


Bangkok Post

Monday 26 September 2016, 08:58AM


Several suspects in the case of the dismembered body in the freezer have been tentatively identified as US citizens, including this man, known as James Douglas Eger, 66. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasil
Several suspects in the case of the dismembered body in the freezer have been tentatively identified as US citizens, including this man, known as James Douglas Eger, 66. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasil

Tourist Police Division chief Surachet Hakpal said Thai authorities had asked the FBI to provide files of fingerprints. However, fingerprints collected from the frozen body were too unclear to find a match as the body had been frozen for months.

He said the FBI will help police check the identity from dental records instead.

Maj Gen Surachet said police will today (Sept 26) search a house in Soi Onnuj 1 where one of the suspects stayed.

Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Sanit Mahathavorn said investigators will meet forensic experts and representatives from the US embassy today to discuss the identification verification process of the dismembered body and the findings of forensic tests.

The body of a foreign male, chopped up into six pieces, was found on Friday (Sept 23) when police raided a five-storey building in Sukhumvit soi 56 following a tip-off that the premises were being used by a passport forgery gang.

Three foreign nationals were arrested in the raid and charged with multiple offences including resisting arrest, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, forging official documents and concealing a corpse.

As authorities were verifying their travel documents, two were identified from passports as Americans James Douglas Eger, 66, and Aaron Thomas Gabel, 33. The other was identified as British national Peter Andrew Colter, 56.

“What police need to know is the identity of the dead person. Who was he? Where was he from? How was he involved with Mr Colter?” he said.

Lt Gen Sanit said some techniques were employed but were not good enough to identify the victim at this stage and the fact the body had been frozen for months made forensic work more difficult.

However, he insisted an autopsy would be able to tell what caused the death and when he died. It is hoped initial findings, which are expected today, will help police solve the case.

The commissioner said police have some pieces of useful information which need to be verified before they can release them publicly.

He said police believe the freezer is a second-hand product and they are preparing to search the house from where the freezer was moved.

C and C Marine

Mr Colter was quoted as telling police the freezer belonged to a friend who had died of cancer and he did not know what was inside it.

He said the freezer was moved to the building four months ago. Police later found the key to the freezer in Mr Colter’s bedroom.

Lt Gen Sanit said police questioned 10 people including a woman who was romantically involved with Mr Colter and they are reviewing footage from security cameras to identify potential witnesses.

Lt Gen Sanit said Mr Colter, who has been in Thailand for five years, is involved in a passport forgery racket and it is believed he has no authentic identification documents.

The house rental contract made in August last year is signed by Mr Eger while some of the chemical substances seized from the house are restricted goods and believed to be used in passport forgery.

Central Investigation Bureau chief Thitirat Nongharnpitak said police have reviewed the suspects’ phones and found their potential witnesses and suspects.

He said the three suspects provided little cooperation to investigators and police are waiting for information from the US authorities and Interpol.

Lt Gen Natthon Phroasunthon, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said authorities are working to verify the identity of the suspects who have multiple passports with different names and nationalities.

He said no passports were sent to the bureau for examination, noting the immigration authorities would be able to quickly verify if they are genuine or forged.

He said it is likely the passports used by the men in house rental deals or car purchases are fake.

Read original story here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
    Forget your password?

kjm | 26 September 2016 - 11:43:07

What happened to good guys in - bad guys out? We see on a weekly basis foreigners coming to our Kingdom with the sole intent to commit crime, now 2 americans and 1 british and also very recently 3 australian hells angels beating up a thai.

The Phuket News
Matches 1 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


World overdue for ‘shake-up’

You're wrong there, he wasn't against Brexit, he actually thought it was great if you watch the TV interview on good morning Britain!...(Read More)


Phuket coral reef dive sites get helping hand to recover from mass tourism

All very well but I have just come back from a week in Phi Phi where I witnessed in Laem Thong and Ao Lanna speedboats taking (mostly Chinese tourists...(Read More)


Two Thai men arrested in Phuket for drug possession

the guy on the left sells drugs to tourists on the street near molly malones / macdonalds on taweewong st (beach rd) on night most nights.If he is bai...(Read More)


Man challenges PM Prayut, army, police chiefs to gunfight

Have a happy Bike Week Not Guilty Under Section 32 of the Mental Health Act TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SURVIVAL GUIDE By Dr. Glen Johnson, Clinical N...(Read More)


Phuket late-night motorbike accident in Kamala hills leaves one dead, one injured

Another senseless death at the hands of another irresponsible reckless fool. And why no mention of blood alcohol test??? I'm with Simon01...this...(Read More)


Phuket woman crushed under tour bus, 3-year-old daughter survives

The Drivers who run away do so to give their system to get rid of alcohol or drugs!They often give an excuse that they were afraid local might turn up...(Read More)


Two Thai men arrested in Phuket for drug possession

Kurt...given your intimate knowledge of the drug trade, you should put your name forward to assist authorities in curbing the drug trade....(Read More)


Marmite might be brain food: Study

Rorii...lol...yep eagle's comment "Whoever feels personally addressed" is true to form. ...(Read More)


Phuket late-night motorbike accident in Kamala hills leaves one dead, one injured

simon01 ... best you do a bit of research to learn what is required for a charge of manslaughter. "Trusted him to get her home?" how do you ...(Read More)


Phuket late-night motorbike accident in Kamala hills leaves one dead, one injured

simon01,he should get arrested for manslaughter,because both did not wear a helmet?Ridiculous!...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.