The body of a transgender woman was found under the bed of a hotel in Pattaya, Thailand, on Saturday.
Local police have identified the woman as 28-year-old Amphon Kongsong, and the cause of her death is strangulation.
Her body was found on Saturday morning. The hotel alerted police after a staff noticed a foul stench coming from the room.
‘The hotel’s cleaner found a very strong smell in the room and tried to find the source. Then the hotel staff searched the room and found the body under the mattress,’ Pattaya Police Chief Col Apichai Kropphet told the BBC.
Two guests had stayed in the same room but left earlier that morning, apparently unaware that they had slept atop of a dead body during their stay.
Two teenage boys, aged 14 and 17, were arrested on Sunday on charges of murdering Amphon and hiding her body.
After being questioned by investigators, the two admitted to the crime.
According to Bangkok Post, the 17-year-old admitted to killing Amphon with the help of the 14-year-old, and alleged that it was because she had asked him for sex.
The 17-year-old and Amphon got to know each other through Facebook. Amphon, who was working at a beer bar in Pattaya, had asked him to visit the city to find work.
The teenager then asked his younger friend to accompany him for the trip.
On 16 August, Amphon checked into the hotel on behalf of the teens and spent the first few nights with them and even bought them food.
The older teen claimed that he thought Amphon was sincere in wanting to help him find a job with no condition.
However on Thursday night, she asked if she could have sex with him, alleged the 17-year-old.
He rejected her advances, which in turn angered her. The two broke into an argument, which then escalated into a physical fight.
In the fit of anger, he strangled her to death with his hands while the 14-year-old held Amphon’s legs.
The two then hid the body under the bed before fleeing the hotel.
The following day, a couple checked into the same room and spent the night.
The police tracked down the suspects using the hotel’s CCTV footage and Amphon’s personal details for checking into the hotel.
The teens may also be charge with robbery or theft if there is evidence, said the police.
H/t: Bangkok Post