In the heart of Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong, nestled within the industrial expanse of the Amata City Rayong Industrial Estate, lies the Bueang Pradit Wastewater Treatment Pond. Recently, this unassuming spot witnessed an event of shocking proportions. A security officer on patrol had the grim misfortune of discovering a lifeless body floating in its murky waters, suspected to belong to a Chinese national, as confirmed by a group of fellow expatriates.
The deceased, a thirty-year-old man named Zhang Fei, was found late Wednesday night, August 10th, while the vigilant security officer was going about his routine inspection of the area. Alerted by the gruesome find, he immediately contacted Pluak Daeng Police Station, setting into motion a whirl of investigative activities that stretched into the late hours of the night.
Songphon Chantaklai, the leader of the security team, delivered a detailed recount of the circumstances leading to the sinister discovery. Prior to the incident, the said officer had chanced upon a worried group of Chinese nationals engaged in a frantic search for their missing friend. As a response born out of protocol and human compassion, he had joined their desperate search, which unbeknownst, led to the unfortunate finding.
According to the surviving companions, the departed Zhang Fei had been employed at Zhongce Rubber Company, a business located within the very industrial estate that had become the backdrop of his untimely ending. His personal residence apparently stood just around a kilometer from the dreadful scene. The last documented sighting of Fei was on August 9th, when he had been reveling with his friends, enjoying the typical worker’s pastime of sharing drinks after a long work day. His disappearance is reported to have occurred sometime around 1 am, following his decision to leave the friendly gathering and go his own way into the still night.
Fei had been found in a ghastly state with only dark green shorts donning his lower body and a single shoe. A chilling, eerie sheath of black cloth covered his face while a key to his condo and 66 baht of loose change were found on his person. Most unsettling was the sight of a steel wire coiled cruelly around his neck and a deeply carved wound on his head. Deeming the nature of his wounds and the circumstances of his discovery, the authorities decided to transport the lifeless body to Pluak Daeng Hospital to perform a post-mortem examination, aimed at shedding light on the true cause of his demise.
Based on the available evidence, the investigating officers suspect it to be a case of premeditated murder. They believe that the attack on Fei must have taken place somewhere else before his body was dumped mercilessly at the treatment pond. As the investigation continues to ramp up, everyone connected with Fei – from his friends to his colleagues – is expected to face questioning, as law enforcement personnel seek to put together the jigsaw of this perplexing and tragic incident.