Police suspect more bodies connected with Phuket murder

Published:  5 Dec at 6 PM
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Koh Samui and Phuket police involved in a hunt for the killer of an expat businessman in Phuket are investigating a number of possibly-linked unexplained disappearances in the holiday island region.

Hungarian Peter Reisz, 47, was found stabbed and battered to death on Phuket earlier this week, with an arrest warrant now issued for Moshe David, a prominent Koh Samui businessman. Police Colonel Kaithong Janthongbia, heading up the investigation in Phuket, believes the search is likely to involve a number of other unexplained disappearances.

David, believed to have dual nationality and investments in tourism businesses and property in the region, was a long time friend of the murdered man, according to Daungjit Chaumjit, David’s wife. After denying any involvement in the murder, she told police the two men had ‘conflicts’ over their joint real estate business.

According to the Bangkok Post, Duangjit has given 'useful' information to investigating officers, including the names of a number of other property dealers involved with the pair in a 15 million baht land deal on Koh Samui. She added that her husband had not been seen for four days after the murder and, on his return, had immediately put his pickup truck up for sale and disappeared again.

Phuket police state that David was seen asking questions of Phuket acquaintances about the whereabouts of Reisz, as well as being seen buying plastic bags. Reisz’s plastic-wrapped body was discovered near Phuket’s Patong Hill on November 30.
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