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The bodies of a UK millionaire and his Thai wife have been found in northern Thailand nearly a week after what police suspect was a contract killing. 

The bodies of Alan Hogg, 64, and Nod Suddaen, 64, were discovered buried on their property in Phrae province.

Police say Mr Hogg, who was from Edinburgh, was shot dead, while his wife was killed with a hammer.

Three suspects have been held. They are alleged to have been hired to carry out the attack by Nod Suddaen's brother.

He has now been arrested.

"The motive for the killings was a long-running internal family conflict, feuds and property," local police commander Manas Kerdsukho told the AFP news agency.

The couple were reported missing last week.

The three alleged killers were arrested after police tracked down a vehicle said to have been taken from Mr Hogg's property.

They later admitted killing Mr Hogg and his wife, police say.

The British embassy in Thailand has so far made no public comment on the issue.

Mr Hogg moved to Thailand several years ago and had built a luxury villa in Phrae which included a swimming pool and a summer house, reports say.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45636861

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Fast pick up by the UK press. I hadn't heard about it until you posted this. It wasn't in this morning's Bangkok post, but it is now. Nice fellow ... getting a hit on his own sister too.  Since the BP hasn't used it's "no cut and paste" technology on the report, I imagine it must have been made from the UK sources.

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PHRAE: Police have found the bodies of a British millionaire and his Thai wife after three men confessed to their murder and claimed her elder brother paid them 50,000 baht to kill them.

Police detained the trio in Wang Chin district on Monday. After hours of intense interrogation, they admitted to having colluded in killing Alan Hogg, a 64-year-old retiree, and his wife Nod Suddaen, 61, at the couple’s home in Muang district.

The suspects, whose names were not released, implicated Warut Satchakit, Ms Nod's brother, in the double murder, claiming he paid them 50,000 baht to do it, 

They first shot dead Hogg, in front of a duck pen on the property, and then used a hammer to beat Nod, 61 to death in front of the garage

They said Mr Warut had taken the bodies away to bury in the victims’ garden.

Their bodies were found buried beside a creek running through their large property in Muang district on Tuesday, according to media reports.

They were found lying next to each other in a hole about two metres deep.

Police and rescue workers had previously dug up the spot, where a small backhoe was found parked next to freshly turned soil, but found nothing. 

On Tuesday, they dug deeper. Two pairs of shoes were found before the bodies were uncovered.

The couple had been together for over 10 years and they had bought more than 100 rai of land in tambon Chor Hae, which they farmed. They had built a large, well-appointed house 

They were reported missing from their house in Muang district last Thursday by a friend who  said they had not replied to messages or phone calls since Tuesday, when they were supposed to have met up in Chiang Mai.

Investigators found out their white pickup truck was also missing.

Police later arrested Mr Warut after CCTV footage showed him entering the couple’s home and driving away in the pickup.

Mr Warut denied any involvement in their disappearance. He was charged with theft of the vehicle and released after relatives posted bail of 100,000 baht.

Police were again searching for him.

Earlier on Monday, Pol Maj Gen Poonsap Prasertsak, chief of Provincial Police Region 6, said the investigation had progressed after the missing pickup truck was found in Ayutthaya.  Everything would be clear in a few days, he added.

Pol Maj Gen Sanpat Prabpudsa, chief of Phrae police, said the truck was impounded in Ayutthaya on Sunday, and returned to Phra That Hor Chor Hae police station, near the couple's home, for forensic examination.

Investigators learned the truck had been bought from a Thai couple by a Lao man. The sellers and buyer agreed to meet in Sri Samrong district in Sukhothai to close the deal on Friday.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1546386/bodies-of-murdered-phrae-couple-found-3-men-confess

 

 

 

 

 

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"Mr Warut denied any involvement in their disappearance. He was charged with theft of the vehicle and released after relatives posted bail of 100,000 baht. Police were again searching for him."

Doh ... releasing a murder suspect on bail.    :banghead:

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When they went missing last Thursday it was reported as an “Australian Man” since Mr Hogg worked a lot offshore Oil & Gas in Australian Waters  and still visited Aus for Vacations 

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