Monday, February 20, 2012

Update/Thailand: Murder of Tampa-Based US Businesswoman, Suspect Being Sought Abroad

As a follow-up to my February 17 posting concerning the brutal murder of Tampa-based US businesswoman Wendy Albano, 51, who was found bludgeoned to death last week in her guest room on the 17th floor of the Fraser Suites in Bangkok.

both the Royal Thai Police and the media have released few details on the progress being made to apprehend the prime suspect, Sang-Hvi Ritesh Nar-Patraj, 26, who had been staying with the American at the Fraser.

Closed circuit surveillance footage at the Fraser indicate that Nar-Patraj was observed leaving the hotel with his luggage at approximately 2000 hours on Sunday (February 12). It has also been confirmed that Thai immigration has him flying out of Bangkok that evening, although his destination has not been released to the press.

COMMENT: According to close family and friends, Ms. Albano may have planned to break up with Nar-Patraj, who was not only her boyfriend, but a business partner as well.

Police theorize that the couple may well have had an argument before the suspect left the Frazer and headed for the airport.

Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

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