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