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Couple arrested in connection with missing toddler in Chiang Mai

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In the missing child case of a toddler, which occurred last Sunday in Chiang Mai province, a couple has been arrested and are currently being held by police for questioning in connection with the search.

A 44-year-old man, who is a neighbour of the missing girl’s father, and his wife have been questioned separately by the police. After the interrogation, the couple was arrested on charges of illegal entry. The search for the girl was known as ‘Gina’ has continued after she was briefly suspended last night. Multiple police forces and people are looking for the girl, including police, border police, volunteers and villagers. Heat-seeking drones and tracking dogs have also been deployed to find the toddler

Divers and a rescue unit also searched a pond near the village yesterday. They have found no traces of Gina, the village chief said. The village chief thinks someone has kidnapped the child the family knew. The village chief adds that Gina usually didn’t allow strangers to hug her. Police believe the child is lost in the forest and have viewed CCTV footage along the road connecting Mae Taeng with Chiang Dao’s districts to check cars driving between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mirror Foundation, which helps search for missing children in Thailand, posted on Facebook to say that Gina’s family recently moved to Ban Huay Fak Dab village and that not everyone in the village may know them. They add that the village is remote and surrounded by mountains and forests, which is far from the municipality of the district, but sometimes cars drive through the village.

The Mirror Foundation also stated that about 4 years ago, a 2-year-old child disappeared from their home in Chiang Mai and has not been seen since.

Gina disappeared sometime between 6 and 7 pm last Sunday night. The mother was cooking and the father took out the garbage at the time.

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