Missing sisters found dead in submerged car


The mud-encrusted crashed car recovered from a roadside pond in Kap Choeng district of Surin on January 4. The bodies of two sisters missing since December 31 were found inside. (Photo by Nopparat Kingkaew)

SURIN – Two sisters missing since leaving home to buy food on December 31 for the New Year’s Eve celebration were found dead in their submerged sedan in a pond in Kap Choeng district near the Cambodian border.

The black Toyota car with a Bangkok license plate was found on Monday afternoon in a roadside pond behind the village of Phon Thong in Takhien, said Pol Lt Veerapong Hatthakit, duty officer at the post of Kap Choeng police.

Police and rescuers discovered the two bodies when they pulled the vehicle out of the 2 meter deep water.

A rescuer and his team transport the submerged sedan from a pond in the Kap Choeng district of Surin on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Nopparat Kingkaew)

The women were later identified as driver Kanuengnut Thientong, 35, and her older sister Wiphada Thiengtong, 37, both from Non Samran Village in the Dan Drum of Kap Choeng District.

Police investigators said signs found at the scene suggested the car was moving fast when the driver lost control and the vehicle struck a eucalyptus tree before plunging into the roadside pool.

The car overturned, trapping the presumably unconscious women inside.

Relatives told police that the two sisters left Non Samran village for downtown Kap Choeng to purchase New Year’s supplies around 10 a.m. on December 31. They did not come back.

Relatives searched for them without success and posted their disappearance online, but the first time they heard of their bodies was found in the wrecked car on Monday.

The family raised no doubts as to the cause of death and the bodies were returned to them for funeral rites, police said.


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