The Udon Thani based mother of a Thai woman missing for 14 years is prepared to hear the worst after giving DNA in the case known as the “Lady of the Hills”.
Now it has been revealed that the son of the missing woman was told by his father, the husband from the UK, that his mother had gone back to Thailand to remarry. But there was no sign this had happened.
A woman of apparent Asian descent was found more than 14 years ago in the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. She was never identified and it was at first thought she had died in a fall. But the case was reopened late last year and after a sketch image was issued two parents in Thailand have claimed the woman is their daughter.
DNA was taken from Joomsri Sikanya, 72, on January 20th. She was told it would take 20 days to confirm if the woman who was found in 2004 is her daughter Lamduan.
Lamduan, who would now be 51, disappeared in 2004. Though not named in the UK press for “legal reasons” Thai Rath referred to her as Lamduan Armitage. She married a man from the UK.
On Friday Thai Rath reporters went to Phen district in Udon Thani and found the family house shut up. Joomsri and husband Buasa Sikanya, 75, had moved to a newly built property.
She gave more details about the case. She said that she was now resigned to hearing that the body was that of her missing child Lamduan. At least she would get her remains back now.
If it was not her then the search would continue.
She said that when her daughter first went missing in 2004 she went to the British Embassy in Bangkok but was not let in. She contacted British consular officials who failed to be of much help.
She said she sold land, sold buffaloes and spent 330,000 baht on the fruitless search for her daughter.
She revealed that her grandson – the child of Lamduan and her UK husband – had come back with his father and had dropped in to visit her.
She said that her grandson told her that his father had said that his mother had gone back to Thailand to remarry.
There was no evidence that she had and Joomsri had never been contacted by her after she went missing.
North Yorkshire police are investigating after the case was reopened in the autumn.
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