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Search for Missing Man in Chiang Rai Caves Comes up Empty



Search parties on Sunday inspect one of many caves in the Tham Luang - Khun Nam Nang Non forest park - Photo Teeranai Charuvastra

Search party inspect one of many caves in the Tham Luang – Khun Nam Nang Non forest park for missing asian looking man – Photo Teeranai Charuvastra



MAE SAI – Col. Songkrit Ontrakrai, chief of Mae Sai Police Station, said Monday they may call off their efforts in searching for a man of asian decent who disapeared 10 days ago, after going into caves to meditate.

Pavinee Mayer, a vendor near the cave told police she saw the asian looking man head to Khun Nam Nang Non forest park on August 12th after telling her in Thai that he wanted to meditate in one of its many caves for several days.

He never returned to retrieve the bicycle he left at her stall, Pavinee said.

Col. Songkrit Ontrakrai told reporters that they have not received any missing person complaint from of relatives or embassies.

Japan and China’s embassies have been contacted by police, but could not confirm if the man, said to be in his late 50’s, early 60’s was one of their citizens as neither embassy has recieved a missing persons report.


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