BANGKOK Grim search turns up body of miss­ing Myan­mar tod­dler in Thai sug­ar­cane plan­ta­tion

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus - AP

The search for a miss­ing 2-year-old boy in which even ele­phants were em­ployed ended grimly Tues­day with the dis­cov­ery of the tod­dler’s body in a sug­ar­cane plan­ta­tion in cen­tral Thai­land.

Suphan Buri provin­cial gover­nor Nimit Wan­chaithana­wong said the boy’s body was found around five kilo­me­tres from where he was last seen, and of­fi­cials are col­lect­ing ev­i­dence to de­ter­mine his cause of death.

Su­lui Piew, the son of mi­grant work­ers from Myan­mar, went miss­ing on De­cem­ber 17 when he went out to play near the plan­ta­tion where his par­ents work. Hun­dreds of res­cuers combed through an 80-acre field of 2-me­tre-high sug­ar­cane plants to search for the child, whose body was fi­nally dis­cov­ered near a small ir­ri­gation stream on the plan­ta­tion.

Po­lice Col. Ron­akorn Prakongsri told tele­vi­sion sta­tion THAIPBS that Su­lui’s body was found with in­juries on his legs and that of­fi­cers are wait­ing for an au­topsy re­port. Gover­nor Nimit said the miss­ing boy’s fam­ily had in­formed au­thor­i­ties of his dis­ap­pear­ance when his 3-year-old friend told her par­ents that she saw Su­lui be­ing ab­ducted.

The search for Su­lui, which of­fi­cially be­gan De­cem­ber 19, in­volved hun­dreds of peo­ple, in­clud­ing scuba divers, dogs and four ele­phants with their train­ers rid­ing them. –

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