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Fatal cyanide dose found in bodies of two victims


THE POLICE TEAM investigating the likely cyanide killing of 13 victims confirmed that a fatal amount of the lethal poison had been found in the bodies of two of them, MNG Online said late afternoon today (Apr. 28).

Pol. Maj. Gen. Namkiat Theerarojanaphong and Pol. Col. Anek Taosupap said after a five-hour video conference with  Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Surachate Hakparn on this case that two victims believed to have been poisoned by Ms. Sararat Rangsiwutthaporn, or Am, namely Ms. Siriporn Khanwong, or Koi, 33, who died during the Songkran festival and Pol. Maj. Nipa Saenchan, or Inspector Poo, had consumed enough cyanide to cause death.

However he was not able to say right away what amount of this poison was fatal.

It was confirmed that police had so far found 13 cyanide poisoning victims and one survivor but as yet are only working on the poisoning of Siriporn.

They denied additional arrest warrants were issued today but mentioned that more arrests could be made in the poisoning of Pol. Maj. Nipa by Mueang Nakhon Pathom police station.

Although the bodies of other victims had been cremated, Pol. Col. Anek pointed out a case does not solely rely on toxins found in a victim’s body with police duty-bound to question eyewitnesses and collect other evidence to present to the court.

All the information gathered so far does indicate that the victims had died from cyanide poisoning but no details can be revealed.

Moreover cyanide had been detected in the suspect’s black sedan but this is being checked again while there is no information of the poison having been purchased overseas.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Namkiat also said that Sararat’s former husband, Pol. Lt. Col. Witoon Rangsiwutthaphon, a deputy superintendent for investigation at Suan Phueng police station, had already been interrogated and will be questioned again.

He added that it is up to him what he wants to say and police too have the right to believe it or not. However investigation continues on the phone calls the two of them made to find out any links to other suspects as well as their finances.

Police also called the family of one of the victims, Ms. Sawitree Butrsirak, or Nim, for questioning because it was discovered that Sararat had transferred 600,000 baht to her account.

The suspect has several bank accounts and all are being checked.


Pol. Maj. Gen. Namkiat Theerarojanaphong and Pol. Col. Anek Taosupap briefing reporters about the cyanide poisoning case today, April 28, 2023. Photos: MNG Online

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