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Tangmo Cremation Today But Controversy Over Her Death Won’t Rest

Crime activist claims new evidence points to murder; police hunt for video leaker

Rangsit Methodist Church will host Tangmo's cremation at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Rangsit Methodist Church will host Tangmo's cremation at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Actress Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong will be cremated Tuesday afternoon in Pathum Thani, but the controversy over her death will not rest.

Nida drowned after falling overboard from a speedboat on the Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi Province on Feb. 24 while traveling with five other people. Conspiracy theories fueled by her mother and others continue to suggest she was murdered, contrary to the police investigation, which authorities have had to defend against charges that evidence was fabricated or not thorough enough.

Police Tuesday said they now plan to identify, within a week, the person who secretly released photos and video of Nida to raise suspicions about her death.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Kornchai Khlaikhlueng, commissioner of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau, said his unit already asked mobile phone operators to identify the person who released the pictures and video via Nida’s social media account.

He assumed that the person had access to her Apple iCloud account because all the posted pictures and video were from the account and police had earlier checked it.

Even as Nida will be cremated at Rangsit Methodist Church Tuesday, crime-investigation activist Atchariya Ruangrattanapong is asking a Senate committee on human rights, liberty and consumer protection to push for a new examination of the speedboat for latent blood stains, claiming he has evidence of physical assault.

Atchariya sent his request to panel chairman Sen. Somchai Sawangkarn asking him to urge the Justice Ministry to order the Department of Special Investigation to conduct an examination for blood stains on the speedboat because he had new evidence indicating Tangmo was murdered.

“Unless the DSI conducts the blood-stain examination for us, it will show that they will not accept the case as a special case,” he said. “I don’t think there would not be a blood stain on the boat because one of the five people on the boat already gave me information.

“Even if blood stains were washed with solutions, they would remain. If DSI is sincere, it must conduct the examination. If it does not, it will be 99.99% certain that the department is considerate towards police,” Atchariya said.