RAYONG – August 4, 2012 [PDN]; At 7 a.m., a journalist received a request for help from Pol. Lt. Capt. Saijai Kamjulla, officer on duty at the Sattahip police station.
He said that an 80-year-old woman had been left at the police station by an unknown person. The elderly woman was unable to tell police where she lived. Police are asking the public to notify relatives if they recognize the woman.
The journalist went to check, and found the woman sitting on a chair in front of the door of the daily record room of the police station. She was wearing a brown, Thai-style sleeveless blouse and a clean brown Thai sarong. She was looking around aimlessly, as if waiting and hoping someone will come to take her back home.
Beside her was a plastic bag containing water, a curry rice set, and a betel nut and betel set. The woman could not speak clearly about herself and seemed like she could not remember things.
She said her name was Mrs. Som Srimonkol, 80-years-old, but she could not remember her house number, and said that she had lived in a rubber plantation in Rayong.
She continued that she had seven children, and was now living with her eldest son and his wife in Rayong. He was a watermelon seller, and her other children had separated to work in many provinces.
She said that in the morning, her son had left to sell watermelons, and she was alone in the house. A tall “good-looking” girl with long hair came along riding a motorcycle, Mrs. Som said. The woman said to her that she would take Mrs. Som to travel, and would later bring her back home.
She convinced Ms. Som to go with her, and they rode along Sukhumvit Road toward Sattahip, approximately 40 km away.
But the woman did not take Mrs. Som to see anyplace, and later dropped her at the police station. She said for Mrs. Som to wait until she returned, and told her not to go anywhere. So Mrs. Som waited for the woman, who did not return. Mrs. Som did not know the phone number of her relatives, or who she should call for help, so she just waited.
A papaya pok pok seller near the police station, Mrs. Narawadee Nuanjampa, 44 saw Mrs. Som in the late morning of August 3 and felt sorry for her, so she brought her something to eat, and she asked why she was sitting there.
When Mrs. Som told her what happened, Mrs. Narrwadee knew she had been deceived, so she reported the matter to the police to help find her relatives.
Pol. Lt. Capt. Saijai Kamjulla said he tried to trace Mrs. Som’s address from her name, but since it was a holiday, he could not check the record of household registrations. He asked journalists to help locate her relatives.
Police are still unsure how Mrs. Som ended up at the police station, and whether she had been deceived, or perhaps is unable to give an accurate account of what happened because of her faulty memory.
Anyone who has information about Mrs. Som is asked to call the Sattahip police station at 038-438183.