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Police in Trang have got an arrest warrant for a 19 year old Thai man after a 15 year old Thai/French schoolgirl went missing from her Trang home on Saturday.
The distraught French mother and Thai father of Kanokwan Benlounas, a M4 (Year 11) student in the southern town, had earlier issued a Facebook appeal for information leading to the whereabouts of their daughter, reported Manager Online.
She had gone to a local market Saturday with two close female friends but had not returned and did not answer her phone. They said that this was most out of character and that she was a “good girl”.
Trang police investigators, however, have discovered that she is with her 19 year old Thai boyfriend who comes from Satun. They have known each other for a year.
The warrant calls for the arrest of Somrak Thianyi on a charge of abducting a minor aged between 15 and under 18 and taking that person away without the permission of parents.
Police said that the suspect’s elder brother was proving helpful in the case.
Reporters had earlier caught up with the parents at their Trang home.
The French mother Loma Benlounas who has lived in Thailand for 20 years said that she had permitted her daughter to go to the market Saturday evening with two girlfriends her daughter has known since early childhood and who could be trusted.
She had phoned her daughter after an hour to ask when she would be home and the girl had asked to stay out a bit longer. When she tried to contact her daughter again there was an engaged signal.
Now five days had passed with no contact. She said that she was a widow who remarried Bunya Ketthep who was the father of Kanokwan, better know to family and friends as “Nong Yim”.
She had left items at home that a young girl planning a trip might take with them. Her mother said Nong Yim had left behind a phone charger, a spare battery and a new lipstick she had just bought.
Nong Yim is a student at Soon Karn Suksa Nork School in Trang.
Trang police spokesman Prasert Songsaeng said that she was with the man named in the warrant in the nearby area. He did not want to give more details at this stage as police are concerned that the man might flee.
He said that a quick arrest was expected and that the suspect’s elder brother was helping police with their enquiries.
Thai Visa / Manager Online