THAILAND - Police have found several bones at an uninhabited spot in Loei where a confessed serial rapist and murderer allegedly attacked and strangled a girl earlier this year.
DNA tests will be conducted to determine if the bones belonged to a 4-year-old girl who went missing on February 5.
The search for the bones in Loei began earlier this week after a man, known only as Nui, was arrested for allegedly raping and killing a 6-year-old girl in Bangkok on December 6.
He has pleaded guilty.
Police allege he told them he had committed many other crimes, including two in Loei.
Since then, police have checked records of missing children in the province. Two cases are very likely linked to Nui, one involving the 4-year-old girl who went missing during a festival, and the other involving a 7-year-old boy who disappeared at a merit-making event inside the compound of a local temple on November 10.
Loei police chief Maj-General Sakda Wongsiriyanont said searchers had scoured area where the boy had gone missing since Tuesday.
About 150 police and rescue workers conducted a further search yesterday and found the T-shirt the boy was wearing on the day he disappeared. The boy's mother and grandmother burst into tears upon seeing the shirt. Nui has continued insisting that he molested the boy but did not kill him.
The Office of Forensic Science yesterday confirmed that DNA tests on a human skull found in Bangkok's Soi La Salle belonged to the 6-year-old girl whom Nui said he raped and strangled on the night of December 6.
Pol Lt-General Jarumporn Suramanee, adviser to the National Police Office, said the DNA tests on the bones discovered in Loei would take more time.