Thai Authorities Seek Japanese Man in 10 Year-Old Rape, Murder Case of Tomoko Kawashita

The parents of slain Japanese tourist Tomoko Kawashita visit the scene where their daughter’s body was found on November 25, 2007

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) plans to seek help from Japanese authorities to hunt down a Japanese man in regards to the rape and murder of a Japanese tourist in Sukhothai, Province, 10 years ago.

Although the DSI had checked the DNA of 300 people living near Sukhothai Historical Park, no one matched a DNA sample extracted from semen found on the body of the victim, Tomoko Kawashita, 25.

Her body was found inside Wat Saphan Hin in the park compound on November 25, 2007. There was physical evidence indicating that she had been raped.

Although investigators collected DNA samples at the time, no progress was made and the DSI took up the case six years ago.

DSI chief Pol Lt-Colonel Paisit Wongmueng said the DSI had recently received a tip-off that a Japanese man had been in the area 10 years…

Original published: 2017-11-30 19:09:54 Read the full Bangkok News here

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