Cow herder found dead in Pong field

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Police suspect a Banglamung man found dead in a Pong tapioca field was ambushed by a business rival.

Police found the body of Prasert Khaengkhan, 42, lying face-down in the field off Huakrok-Mapling Road. He’d been shot at the base of the right ear, cheek and arm. His motorbike was parked about 50 meters away with a trail of blood connecting it to the body.

Prasert’s son, Nattapol Khaengkhan, 18, said his father tended a herd of cows owned by a former local government official. Prasert had gone out to check on the cows, which were in the tapioca field, and never returned.

Family members are in shock over Prasert Khaengkhan’s death. Family members are in shock over Prasert Khaengkhan’s death.

Investigators said they discovered Prasert had had several conflicts over the cow-selling business, with serious problems reported to police. Officers believe the shooter was lying in wait for Prasert with a shotgun.