Bodies of missing Scot expat and Thai wife found buried in their Phrae garden

Published:  25 Sep at 6 PM
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After having been reported as missing five days ago, the bodies of Scot expat Alan Hogg and his Thai wife Nott have been found buried in the garden of their Thai mansion in Phrae.

The couple were reported as missing by a friend who’d been unable to contact them via messaging and arrived at their villa to find blood on the walls of the swimming pool’s changing room. Local Thai police were called, and the couple’s brand new pick-up truck was also missing. Hogg’s wife’s brother was arrested after CCTV forage showed him stealing the vehicle last Thursday, and police divers were sent to scour nearby rivers.

Alan and his Thai wife arrived in Thailand a few years ago after his retirement, and were considered by local people to be friendly and also very wealthy. On Saturday, police attempted to dig up part of the garden, but were forced to bring in heavy duty equipment to dig deeper, with the couple’s bodies discovered early on Tuesday morning after sniffer dogs identified their exact location. Meanwhile, Nott’s brother was released on bail after being charged with stealing the truck, but police told local media he’d denied being involved in the double murder.

At this time, the vehicle was unable to be traced although it was seen on CCTV being driven in Lampang and Sukothai provinces and was found later. On the same day as the bodies were discovered, breaking news revealed three hit men have been arrested and have confessed to killing Alan and his wife and burying their bodies. Alan was killed by a blast from a shotgun, and Nott was bludgeoned to death using a heavy hammer. The accused men admitted receiving a payment of 50,000 baht (£1.175) from Nott’s brother for the double murder after a bitter family feud over money. According to a police spokesperson before the bodies were discovered, the issue was probably down to a family conflict, adding that the brother-in-law had money problems and there were also family issues.

Although the brother was released on bail after confessing to stealing the couple’s truck, police have now issued a warrant for his re-arrest on charges related to the murders. Reports now confirm his re-arrest, and also confirm the three hit men were identified via a forensic check on the car once they’d traced it from an initial sale to hill tribe persons and a resale to a Lao citizen last Friday. The Lao buyer drove it to Ayutthaya, but recognised his purchase from media reports and contacted the authorities. The couple’s London-based daughter has been in Thailand since her parents were declared missing.
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