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German police investigate murder of Thai restaurant owner in Berlin

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Police in Germany have launched a murder investigation after the body of a Thai woman was found in the courtyard of her Berlin home. According to a Bangkok Post report, the woman’s body was found on Friday night, August 18, with her throat cut.

The victim has been named as 61 year old Siriya Saiwongpanya, who ran the popular Thai-Art restaurant in Berlin and lived in the Fuggerstrasse district of the German capital.

According to local media reports, rescuers who arrived at the scene attempted to revive the woman but were unable to do so. A police spokeswoman says the victim’s personal belongings, including her purse, were untouched, so the authorities don’t believe she was killed for her valuables.

The woman’s purse was streaked with blood and police say she may have had her throat cut with a bottle, as broken shards were found at the scene.

News of the woman’s death has prompted an outpouring of condolences online and a funeral service is being planned in Berlin.

Meanwhile, the Thai Foreign Ministry says the embassy in Berlin is following the police investigation closely. The embassy is waiting for the results of an autopsy and Thai officials in Berlin are assisting the victim’s family.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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