A wealthy British businessman is feared dead after he and his wife vanished from their luxury Thailand home where blood was found smeared on the walls.
Alan Hogg, 64, who is originally from Edinburgh, and his wife Nott, 61, have been missing for five days. Police suspect their disappearance is connected to a “long-standing conflict within the family”.
Mrs Hogg’s brother, Warut Satchakit, 63, was arrested after CCTV showed him entering the couple’s gated property and leaving in their new white Ford Ranger pick-up truck, which was sold to a Lao businessman the day after they were reported missing.
He was charged with theft but denied any involvement in their disappearance and was released on a £2,400 bail.
Mr and Mrs Hogg were reported missing by a friend last Thursday, two days after they had been due to meet them in Chiang Mai.
Bloodstains were reportedly found in a sink and on the wall of their swimming pool changing room, allegedly with signs someone had tried to wipe it away, according to the Bangkok Post.
A mobile phone, understood to belong to Mrs Hogg, was found still plugged into the charger at their three-storey home in the northern town of Phrae.
The couple’s daughter Robyn Hogg, 31, a production assistant, flew to Thailand from the UK after being alerted to her parents’ disappearance.
Police investigators and sniffer dogs have been scouring the home for clues and CCTV footage of the area is being reviewed.
The pick-up truck is being checked for forensic evidence and divers have been searching a nearby river.
Mr Hogg, who has links with several UK businesses, is described on Companies House as an offshore construction manager. He moved to Thailand several years ago after working as an engineer in Australia.
He was born in Zambia and married in 1986 in Edinburgh, where his mother and brother still live.
Neighbours described Mrs Hogg as “the most beautiful woman in town” and said Mr Hogg was “very friendly” and often helped them. They told local media he was a millionaire.
He and his wife were known to rear ducks, geese and cattle on their property, and made frequent and long trips to Australia.
Major General Sanpat Praputsra from the Thai Police said: “The case is moving well and we’re in control. Officers are working on the investigation day and night.
“The issue is likely to be a long-standing conflict within the family. We cannot find any other situations that are likely to have caused this.
“The brother-in-law had problems with money and there were family issues.”
Officers believe that at least two people were involved in the couple’s disappearance and are interviewing friends and relatives.
Family members and former colleagues of Mr Hogg in Scotland declined to comment when approached by the Telegraph.
Source : telegraph