Police Look for Past Japanese Boyfriends of Murder Suspect

Pornchanok Chiyapa, 47, has been accused of murdering 2 Japanese men in Thailand.

BANGKOK—Police are looking for two Japanese men previously involved with of a 47-year-old Thai woman who was recently linked to the deaths of two other Japanese men.

Police have accused Pornchanok Chaiyapa of playing a role in the murder of Yoshinori Shimato, 79, whose remains were found in a Samut Prakan canal on Tuesday, and Kasitosi Tanaka, who was found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs in 2003.

Pornchanok was married to Tanaka at the time of his death, which she said told police was “fatal accident.” Police recently re-opened the case at the urging of Tanaka's daughter, who believes Pornchanok was responsible for her father's death after evidence linked her to the murder of Shimato. 

Police are now contacting Japanese authorities to locate two other Japanese men from Pornchanok’s past. It’s unclear whether they are still alive, said Pol.Col. Somsakchai Amornsongchareng, superintendent of Bang Sao Tong police station in Samut Prakan province. 


Porchanok and and Somchai Kaewbangyang, a Thai taxi driver, have been charged with manslaughter over the deaths of Tanaka and Shimato. Police say Somchai confessed to both murders. 



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