Around 11:00 on 25 February 2019, Pranee Danwattananusorn, 61, wife of disappeared political exile Surachai Danwattananusorn, or Surachai Saedan, filed a report with Pol Lt Gen Suksawat Bua-in, Deputy Superintendent of Tha Uthen District Police Station, since she believes that the body washed up at Ban Tha Champa, Tambon Tha Champa, Tha Uthen District, Nakhon Phanom Province on 26 December 2019 was that of Surachai, but the body then reportedly disappeared back into the Mekhong River. On 27 and 29 December 2019, two more bodies were found at Muang Nakhon Phanom District and at That Phanom District. These two bodies were subsequently identified as Kraidet Leulerd, or Kasalong, and Chatchan Bupphawan, or Phuchana, fellow exiles with Surachai, making it possible that the first body found was that of Surachai.
Pranee Danwattananusorn (right) at the Police Station
Earlier, Pranee also went to perform religious ceremoniesy for the deceased at the locations where the bodies were found on the banks of the Mekhong.