Cambodian and Thai authorities say they are searching for two men who crossed the border into Koh Kong province on Tuesday and are being sought in connection to the murder of a British man in the Thai resort town of Pattaya.
Kim Ratana, deputy director at the Cham Yeam International Checkpoint in Koh Kong, said he was aware of the case.
“Thailand has been contacting us,” he said, adding that the two suspects “entered on January 24. We’re searching for them.”
Police identified Miles Dicken Turner, a U.K. national, and Abel Caldeira Bonito, a South African, as suspects involved in the killing of Tony Kenway, another British man who was shot in the head while sitting in the driver’s seat of his Porsche in the coastal town on Tuesday, the Pattaya Mail reported.
After the shooting, Mr. Bonito, the suspected gunman, took off on a waiting motorcycle, which local police said they found abandoned and later traced to a rental business whose owner said he rented it to Mr. Turner, the Mail reported.
Mr. Turner, 27, and Mr. Bonito, 23, are believed to have fled Thailand and crossed the border into Cambodia through the Klongyai border crossing in Trat province, across from the Cham Yeam checkpoint.
Tony Kenway, 39, may have been killed in relation to “illegal activities,” according to an unnamed Thai police source, The Bangkok Post reported.
“A source with the police investigation team said investigators discovered Kenway allegedly ran an online football gambling website and had a conflict with a group of influential foreigners concerning illegal activities in the area,” the Post reported.
“Kenway tried unsuccessfully to settle the conflict with the group twice, and this could be the motive for the murder.”
Tony Kenway’s wife Somporn told police her husband had recently had a dispute with a former business partner, but she did not know if his murder was motivated by the conflict, the report said.
Koh Kong provincial police chief Samkhit Vien said he had not received information about the case. Interpol’s press office in Thailand referred questions to the Royal Thai Police, who could not be reached.
(Additional reporting by Matt Surrusco)