Former monk murdered at Pattaya temple

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Police are searching for the killer of a former monk whose bludgeoned body was found near Boonkanchanaram Temple’s crematorium.

The remains of Kilsana Merakul, 40, were discovered May 30 in a room adjacent to the crematorium. His body was covered with a cloth and his head was crushed. Near the corpse police recovered a hammer believed to be the murder weapon.

Kilsana had been dead about 12 hours.

A temple vendor said Kilsana had come around the night before alone to buy a bottle of whiskey. Formerly ordained at the temple, he continued to come to Boonkanchanaram as a layman to work around the facility.

The vendor said he thought Kilsana was a good man with no enemies.

Police could only speculate as to the motive, but followed their usual practice of rounding up migrant construction workers and laborers for questioning.