The guard whose identity was not disclosed was among five men held in custody by police for interrogation under suspicion that they might be involved in the murder of the little girl, Vikarnda Ruangpanya. Except for the guard, the four other suspects were released after the questioning.
The victim was reported missing last Wednesday by her father, Mr Wiroj Ruangpanya. On Saturday, a body was found wrapped in a black plastic bag and stuffed inside a sewage drain at an apartment in Soi Ratchada Tha Phra 5, Tambon Dao Khanong, Thon Buri district. It was affirmatively identified by Mr Wiroj as his missing daughter.
Surveillance cameras at and around the apartment showed a middle-aged man holding the hand of the victim before she was reported missing by her father.
Police said that the guard used to work at the apartment where the victim’s body was found before he was shifted to work in the other apartments owned by the same company. He was said to be faimiliar with several tenants in the apartment, including the victim.
Pol Maj-Gen Thitirath said police were still awaiting an autopsy report to determine whether the victim was sexually assaulted or not.