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US soldier wanted for wife's murder flees to Thailand

Peter Van Bawi Lian flew from Colorado to Indiana, allegedly killed his wife and then fled to Thailand. (Photo from Indianapolis Police Department via AP)

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US authorities say a 21-year-old soldier who flew from Colorado to Indiana and allegedly killed his wife, then fled to Thailand, is now also wanted for military desertion.

Prosecutors in Indiana filed murder charges on Wednesday against Peter Van Bawi Lian over the death of Khuang Par, whose body was found in an Indianapolis rubbish bin on Dec 23. 

Indianapolis police said Lian is on active duty with the US Army. He flew on Dec 22 from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Indianapolis, where Par had moved to be with family after Lian was arrested in November on charges of assaulting her.

Flight records show Lian flew to Bangkok on Dec 24.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Lian was due to report back at Fort Carson on Dec 26, but did not return.

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