A RETIRED British ”millionaire” and his Thai wife have been missing since last Wednesday after a bitter family feud with his in-laws, police said today.
Businessman Alan Hogg, 64, and wife Nott, 61, were reported missing last Thursday after friends had been trying to contact them unsuccessfully since the previous evening.
A British ‘millionaire’ and his Thai wife have been missing from their home in north Thailand since last Wednesday[/caption]
Blood was found on the walls of Alan’s swimming pool changing rooms – allegedly with signs someone had tried to wipe it away – and the couple’s brand new white Ford Ranger pick-up truck has also been stolen.
Nott’s brother, Warut Satchakit, was arrested over the disappearance after CCTV showed him entering the home and stealing their car the next morning. He was then released on bail with a 100,000 baht (£2,350) bond paid by his relatives after he denied any involvement but admitted stealing the motor.
Officers continued their hunt today checking the couple’s home, swimming pool, reviewing CCTV footage from the area and ordering police divers to scour nearby rivers. The couple’s daughter, who lives in England, also flew in to help the search.
Major General Sanpat Praputsra said: “The progress of the case is moving well and we’re in control. Officers are working on the investigation day and night.
Thai cops are searching the home and grounds[/caption]
Detectives are scouring nearby rivers in a bid to find Mr Hogg and his wife[/caption]
The couple were reported missing after a friend arrived at their home in Phrae, northern Thailand[/caption]
The couple have a daughter who has flown in from England to assist the search[/caption]
Nott’s brother has been released on bail after CCTV footage showed him stealing their car the morning after their disappearance[/caption]
“The couple disappeared without any clues. We are trying to track the car because there is no trace of it.
“The issue is likely to be a long-standing conflict within the family. We cannot find any other situations that are likely to have caused this.
“The brother-in-law had problems with money and there were family issues.”
Alan, originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, arrived in Thailand several years ago having worked as an engineer in Australia. He was still involved with a number of businesses in the UK.
He built the sprawling three-story home and outdoor pool with changing rooms, snooker table, and summer house, on a vast plot of land with a gated entrance in the remote northern region himself. They had a pet dog.
Police report that the investigation is ‘moving well’ and that they are in control[/caption]
Neighbours told local media that Mr Hogg is a ‘millionaire’[/caption]
Blood was found splattered on the wall of a changing room[/caption]
Neighbours described his wife as “the most beautiful woman in the town” and said that Alan was “very friendly” and often helped them. They told local media that he was a “millionaire”.
Companies House records show that Alan as involved with a number of British registered businesses.
The couple’s daughter, who lives in England, has now also flown to the village to help with the search.
Officers believe that at least two people were involved in the disappearance and are interviewing friends and relatives.
Mr Hogg built the house in the remote north of Thailand himself[/caption]
Alan was involved with a number of registered British businesses[/caption]
Police say they have CCTV footage of the brother entering the property on September 19th. The vehicle was later picked on CCTV being driven in Sukhothai and Lampang provinces on September 21.
Major General Praputsra said that Alan’s brother-in-law denied any involvement in their disappearance and police did not have enough evidence to charge him.
The cop added: “The brother has been released on bail and charged with burglary at night for stealing the vehicle. He said he was only on the grounds of the property to take the car.
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“The evidence in the disappearance must be clear and we are continuing to investigate as quickly and accurately as possible.
“Senior police from the area are working on the case. We are certain that the disappearance comes from a family feud with Thai relatives. I am confident that we can find the offender and conclude the case successfully.”
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