EXCLUSIVE: A popular Thai woman last seen at Kings Cross six months ago may have fallen to ill will or become the victim of foul play, several friends fear. Serkan Ozturk reports.
Akira Khanthavarakul is a 36-year-old Thai national who was last seen alive in Kings Cross in December 2021.
True Crime News Weekly understands Akira was well-known in the Kings Cross and Darlinghurst areas, and was a semi-regular at several LGBTIQA+ venues and bars in inner-city Sydney.
She was reported missing by her family overseas just a week ago after not being able to make contact with her.
Her family in Thailand hold serious concerns for Akira’s welfare. They have told police that for her not to contact them for so long is out of character.
One friend in Sydney told True Crime News Weekly that they too suspected the worst.
“How can somebody just disappear, it’s so sad,” the friend said.
Last seen at Kings Cross in December 2021: Thai woman Akira Khanthavarakul
Another friend of Akira’s, who would regularly see her at some of the inner-city’s best known dance venues until last year, said it had been a long while since they had last talked.
“Haven’t heard from her for ages,” he said. “I always chatted with her at Arq. It all sounds very ominous. I wonder what has happened.”
Another friend confirmed that Akira had not been seen alive for quite some time.
“I haven’t seen or heard from her for a long time,” the friend said. “Sad that’s she missing, hope they find her.”
Sydney City Police Area Command are leading the inquiries into Akira’s whereabouts.
When contacted by True Crime News Weekly, police would not be drawn into possibilities regarding her strange six-month disappearance or fears that she may have been harmed by a sexually-motivated sadist.
“We won’t be providing any further comment,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.
Akira is described as being about 150cm tall, of thin build, with long black hair, and brown eyes. It is not known what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.
Anyone with information about Akira’s whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Additional reporting and research by Igor Shmaryan