Thai wife murdered in Yorkshire Dales – British police go residence

A British police cold-case squad are in Thailand to speak with the household of a Thai wife murdered within the Yorkshire Dales. Twenty years after the half-naked physique of Lamduan Seekanya, was found in a stream close to Pen-y-ghent in 2004, officers did not interview her husband, prime suspect David Armitage.
For 15 years the identification of the lady remained unknown until her parents in Thailand got here forward and DNA proved the lifeless lady was their daughter. The BBC reports how officers have spoken together with her dad and mom however not her husband.
Before flying out to Thailand on 15 February, North Yorkshire Police said they might not move the case of the murdered Thai wife forward without…
“…understanding from Lamduan’s household all the aspects about her life and notably the final few months of her life.”
The British bobbies were working alongside Thailand’s crack Department of Special Investigation (DSI), whose unparalleled experience in clearing up tough instances in the kingdom can solely hasten a result that has been 19 years within the waiting. They are in search of witnesses in Udon Thani, Bangkok and Kanchanaburi.
Udomkann Warotamasikkhadit, head of the DSI’s international affairs and international relations division, said Armitage had initially agreed to come and give evidence however modified his mind on the day.
The suspect stated he didn’t really feel nicely and had some private issues, a situation described by Adam Harland, chief of the chilly case evaluate, as…
“…unfortunate.”
Having achieved little or no, the Brits would now plan to return to North Yorkshire to permit the DSI to get on with the investigation.
A post-mortem examination carried out after Lamduan’s physique was discovered on 20 September 2004 failed to ascertain how she died. There was no sign of violence and hypothermia was ruled out, but detectives couldn’t answer two main questions; who she was or how she met her demise. Local people paid for her burial within the churchyard in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and she grew to become known as The Lady of the Hills.
A cold case evaluation was began in 2016 and scientific advances meant police were in a place to piece together a extra detailed picture of who she was and came to the conclusion she had been killed.
In 2019, there was a serious breakthrough when a Thai household learn a BBC on-line story in regards to the case and believed the lady could possibly be their daughter who vanished in 2004.
This led North Yorkshire Police to hold out DNA testing with the dad and mom so as to verify Mrs Armitage’s identification. Mother-of-three Lamduan moved to the UK with Armitage in 1991 and lived together with her husband David in Portsmouth, Rugby and Preston between 1991 and 2003. They had been living in northern England before her death.
Armitage then returned to Thailand the place he has denied any involvement in his wife’s dying.
Extra said from meeting Lamduan’s mother Joomsri Seekanya, the family’s determined wish was for her daughter’s body to be returned to Thailand. Relatives were presented with a memorial guide exhibiting the spot where Lamduan was buried and the way the group had cared for her.
“Mr and Mrs Seekanya had been deeply moved by this they usually requested for their warm thanks and appreciation to be passed on to residents in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.”

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