Manhunt on for killer of Phayao woman in Pattaya

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Police are searching for the common-law husband of a Phayao woman who was smothered to death in an East Pattaya apartment.

The body of Atchara Khokubo, 28, was found Sept. 5 lying on the floor of a bedroom in Patchawan Place on Sukhumvit Soi 32, two pillows and a floor mat over her face. The rest of the body was covered by a blanket.

Police said Atchara’s common-law husband, Suphachai Limsiri, 34, confessed to the murder to his mother-in-law on the Line smartphone app. Suphachai – who Atchara’s brother claimed had assumed the identity of a dead relative, Adul Vichaino – said in the message he planned to turn himself in to police in Nakhon Ratchasima, but had not done so yet.

Atchara Khokubo was found murdered in an apartment on Sukhumvit Soi 32.Atchara Khokubo was found murdered in an apartment on Sukhumvit Soi 32.

Police said the suspect had booked an airline ticket to Trat, but was not on the plane.

Family members said Atchara, who lived in Phayao where she took care of the couple’s 3-year-old son, came to Pattaya at Suphachai’s request in order to receive a share of 5 million baht he had received when his stepmother sold his late father’s speedboat business.

The couple’s son tried to contact his mother that night, but couldn’t. The next day, Atchara’s brother called a neighbor to check on her, when the body was discovered.

Police and relatives suspect she was killed due to a disagreement over the money or a fight due to Atchara suspecting her husband was cheating on her.