Thirty officers swooped on the Norwegian man’s seven-bedroom home in the west coast resort of Kata after relatives of his Thai former girlfriend expressed suspicions he may have been involved in her disappearance, local newspaper Phuket Wan reports.
On opening a plastic bin in the basement, police were assailed by an overpowering stench. A search led them to the decomposed matter that has now been sent to a forensic laboratory for DNA testing.
The man is being held at Chalong police station on illegal weapons charges after officers found a firearm and ammunition registered to his ex-girlfriend, who was 30 years old at the time of her disappearance. He has denied murdering the woman, Phuket Wan reports.
“He faces a preliminary charge for illegal possession of a firearm,” a local police spokesman told newspaper Dagbladet.
“We are conducting a murder investigation after finding remains in the house but we do not wish to draw any hasty conclusions.”