The suspect, her boyfriend was caught in Jomtien.
A Russian man has been arrested in the Pattaya area for allegedly killing his transgender girlfriend in Surin with her body being found three weeks after she was reported missing in a storage room.
The Prasart Police in Surin were notified of the discovery of the body yesterday (June 15th) at 4:30 PM at a house in the Kang Aen sub-district, Prasart district.
Law enforcement arrived at the storage room in a residential home, noticing a foul odor permeated the area. The body of a transgender person, Teerapong Lamlua, 32, was found covered with a blanket. Teerapong’s head had suffered significant blunt impact injuries from a heavy object, possibly a bottle according to law enforcement at the scene.
Teerapong’s mother, Mrs. Wandee Lamlua, 47, told Prasart police, “Our neighbors told us they smelled something very bad like a dead animal from our house’s storage room. I called rescue workers to the area and they found some blood stains and hair in front of the storage room before finding the body.”
“My child was in a longterm relationship with a Russian man. We lived in different houses. My child was last seen on May 22nd of this year. However, I thought the couple were traveling together in Ubon Ratchathani and frequent trips by the couple were not unusual so we didn’t consider that my child was missing.” Wandee explained
The Prasart Police has continued their investigation together with Immigration Officers. They finally arrested the suspect in the Pattaya area last night (June 15th), with the assistance of undercover police at Jomtien Beach who was identified as a Russian man, 31. He was taken back to Surin for further investigation. Some reports have said the suspect is Lithuanian or may hold dual passports.
The suspect had been tracked down with his mobile phone signal according to investigative officers and his movements were captured on CCTV as well. The suspect had left his rental car at a bus station in Surin and taken a bus to Rayong, then traveling to Pattaya.
The suspect, whose full name was not released by law enforcement, did not immediately make a statement to the press.
The couple had been together for about six months and the man had been reportedly staying with the victim at their home for a week in Prasart prior to the incident.
Teerapong’s beloved pitbull was also missing, Wandee added, and Prasart police believe the dog may have been murdered as well and are searching the property for signs of the dog having possibly been buried.