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A retired teacher found dead in a car in a temple’s pond

A 65-year old retired teacher who was reported by her relatives to have gone missing since Thursday night (Aug 17) after attending a funeral rite at a temple in Prachin Buri province has been found dead in her car in the temple’s pond.

Relatives of Mrs Wasana Chankayan, a former teacher at Prachin Buri technical college, posted an announcement in Facebook page, saying the retiree did not return home after attending a religious rite at Wat Chaeng in Muang district and could not be contacted.

However, workers at the temple found wheel tracks of what was believed to be a car descending a staircase and plunging into the pond.  Then they alerted rescue workers.

The rescue workers searched the pond and found a sunken bronze Toyota Altis with a dead woman trapped behind the steering wheel.  She was later identified as the missing retired teacher.

Pol Cpt Sumit Akkaranet, an inquiry officer attached to Muang district police station, said he suspected the victim who had just had an eye surgery might not know there is a pond and drive into it. Or she might have mistaken the accelerator as a brake and plunged her car into the pond.

Thai PBS



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