Mum's tears over slow police probe

A mother struggled to make police investigate her daughter's disappearance — then it was too late

Mother Patcharee Punthong looks at the photo of daughter Ploynarin Palipol, who was murdered on May 21, 2014. PHOTO: Worrapon Phayakum

For as long as she could remember, it was a daily ritual for single mother Patcharee Punthong, 51, and her daughter, Ploynarin "Nong Ploy" Palipol, 22, to have dinner together after work in the Tha Rue district of Ayutthaya, where they lived only steps away from the factory where they both worked. Nong Ploy usually commuted to and from work on her bike.

"Mum, please buy me some yum woonsen," Nong Ploy wrote one night in a Line message to her mother. "I'm craving something spicy tonight."

On May 21, 2014, Ms Patcharee knew that her daughter was planning to attend a meeting after work. She expected her to come home a few hours later than her normal time of 5pm.

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