Norwegian arrested for Thai girlfriend murder

A Norwegian man has been arrested in Thailand for the murder of his former girlfriend who went missing three years ago.

Police in Phuket found the remains of human bones in the 49-year-old’s house this week when they raided it in search of illegal weapons.

Rungnapa Rachsombat went missing in July 2009, just two months after her 10-year relationship with the Norwegian ended. According to the Aftenposten newspaper, the man has admitted that he was “involved” in the woman’s death and that he hid her body in rubbish bags.

According to the Phuket News, the bones were found in bags in the man’s bathroom, along with Rachsombat’s purse, driving licence and credit cards. They also reportedly recovered a pistol and bullets.

The 49-year-old, who is originally from central Østlandet but has lived in Thailand for several years, is currently in jail in Phuket. The Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok has confirmed that staff are working with police to provide them with the information they need.

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