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article imageWoman commits 'death by crocodile' in apparent suicide

By Karen Graham     Sep 16, 2014 in World
Bangkok - In Thailand on Friday, a despondent 65-year old woman jumped to her death into a watery pit filled with voracious crocodiles while horrified onlookers looked on. The pool is said to house hundreds of the large reptiles.
News wires have picked up the story on the death of a 65-year-old Bangkok woman who committed suicide by jumping into a pond filled with hungry crocodiles at a reptile farm and zoo near the capital city on Friday.
Wanpen Inyai was torn apart in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers as attendants at the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm, located outside of Bangkok, tried desperately to fend off dozens of hungry crocodiles with long poles.
According to the Bangkok Post, Pol Col Preecha Iamnui, chief investigator with the Samut Prakan police station, told reporters the incident occurred on Friday afternoon. Officials were able to identify the woman from a health card left floating in the reptile pond after the incident. Tissue samples were obtained from the pond and sent off for DNA analysis to be sure of the identity of the woman eaten by the reptiles.
Inyai was reported missing by her family earlier in the day on Friday. Family members tried to file a missing persons report but were told to wait 24 hours by the Rom Klao police as required by law. Wanpen's sister, Sunan Tharmna told authorities Inyai had been depressed and had not spoken to anyone for a number of days.
Closed circuit television footage shows the woman taking the time to remove her shoes before climbing over a high wooden railing and dropping into the crocodile pond, estimated to be nine feet deep at its center.
The Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo is an internationally renowned crocodile sanctuary and zoo. The farm is the home of Tai, claimed to be the world's largest crocodile in captivity, a monster measuring 19 feet, 8 inches in length and weighing 2,465 pounds. Tai is one among the 100,000 crocodile at the 300-acre farm, the world's largest crocodile sanctuary.
Farm owner Uthen Youngprapakorn said the staff had already installed additional fences and added security after the incident. He went on to describe the death of Wanpen Inyai as a "force majeure," and expressed condolences to the family.
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