Two corpses suspected to be those of a Scottish millionaire and his Thai wife have been found by sniffer dogs buried in the 32-acre grounds of their mansion in northern Thailand.
Alan Hogg, 64, a retired construction chief, and his wife Nott, 61, were reported missing last Thursday by a friend after they missed an appointment.
The couple, who had been together for three decades, were estimated to have been dead for about a week.
Police said Hogg was killed with a shotgun by his garage and his wife was hit on the head with a hammer at their in Phrae province home.
Bloodstains were found in the washbasin and changing room near the swimming pool, with signs that the surfaces had been wiped.
The bodies were sent to a hospital for a post-mortem.
The police said three men had been arrested and already confessed to killing and burying the couple.
They said they were paid Bt50,000 (US$1,540) by Hogg’s brother-in-law, Warut Satchakit, 63, for the murders in a family feud over money.
Warut was arrested after he was seen on security cameras entering the home on Wednesday and leaving the morning after in their new Ford Ranger pickup truck.
He was released on bail after admitting to stealing the vehicle, but he denied involvement in the disappearance.
Warut was now rearrested on Monday after police received a tip-off.
Hogg moved to Thailand several years ago and built the luxury three-storey house, which included a summer house and cattle yard.
He appeared to have severed many of his ties to the UK and resigned in July last year as a director of an Edinburgh dry-cleaning firm, which he co-founded in 1994.
Police chief Major-General Sanpat Praputsra said: “Warut Satchakit has been arrested again for the theft of the car and being involved with the murder.
“Three suspects were traced from forensic checks on the car. They have confessed to the murder of Mr Alan and his wife Nott. They used a shotgun to kill Alan and said they buried him near the ducks.
“The villains used a hammer to murder his wife in the garage. Three people were involved in the murders with the instructions that it was their duty to kill the targets. They said that the victims were then buried in the garden.”
The authorities dig for the bodies. Thailand is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for British citizens. Picture credit: YouTube