Six years after Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya allegedly killed a police officer in a hit-and-run car crash, a police spokesman said yesterday that the fugitive’s whereabouts remains unknown.
Police spokesman Pol. Col. Krissana Pattanacharoen said in a press conference at the Royal Thai police headquarters yesterday that they have completely lost track of Vorayuth over the last six months, as reported by Komchadluek.
Col. Krissana said that he has requested all Thai embassies around the world to keep track and report on Vorayuth’s whereabouts. The Thai police have also directly corresponded with the authorities in the UK and other countries where they suspect Vorayuth to be hiding.
However, authorities say not a single country has responded to their request for information.
“You can see that the Royal Thai police have coordinated with all related agencies … We are not ignoring the case. We’ve always followed up with the investigation,” Col. Krissana said.
“We’ve contacted the international police in England several times, and earlier this month we contacted Interpol but have yet to hear back,” he explained.
“This is a matter of cooperation and international relations. We can’t force anyone to help us. But I just want to reiterate that we are doing what we can,” he said.
The case against Vorayuth, who is the grandson of Red Bull energy drink founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, began back in Sept. 3, 2012, when he allegedly rammed his Ferrari into Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Wichian Klanprasert’s motorcycle on Sukhumvit Soi 47 — killing the police officer.
During the incident Wichian’s body was, reportedly, dragged about 200 meters along the road. Vorayuth fled the scene and was arrested several hours later at his home on Sukhumvit Soi 53.
He faced three charges: speeding, reckless driving causing death, and failure to stop his car to help the victim. The speeding charge was dropped after its one-year statute of limitations expired.
Vorayuth has failed to appear in court numerous times to answer the charges.
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