Thursday, July 07, 2011
  Wanna mystery? Here's one

As the DEATH SMELL IN TRUNK story finally winds down, the cable soap opera networks will have to find something else to chew on for the next three years.

If they really wanted a puzzling and tragic story (which they don't) this one would do the job.
Last month, three members of the Bhutanese refugee community vanished. The Spokane teenager, Krissna Dhakal, 17, and two Western Washington men, Krissna Dhiltal, 21, and Dilli Ram Bhattatai, 28, were last seen in Spokane. Detectives said the men were last seen in the area of 1600 East Mission and had not been seen or heard from since. Family members have worked with the World Relief Organization of Spokane and law enforcement in an attempt to locate the three men.

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Police believe three bodies recovered from inside a car found in the Spokane River are three missing Bhutanese men. But they said positive identification has not been made.

Late Wednesday morning, Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives located the missing black Acura near Mission Park. The car was registered to a missing Bhutanese man. Detectives found a piece of the Acura as well as the license plate, on the shoreline across from 1608 East Mission.


Bhutan? It's one of those little kingdoms way up in the Himalayas between India and China, historically semi-owned by India to serve as buffer zones. Nepal has been in the news lately because a long-running Maoist rebellion has thrown off sparks into other countries, but Bhutan has never been in the news.

None of the reports indicate why these three young guys are refugees; apparently a small Bhutanese community here attracts emigrants. Clearly there's a whole lot more than meets the eye.

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Update: Well, apparently it's just one of those sad things. The driver was young, inexperienced and drunk. The car missed a curve and flipped into the river, which was at flood stage. Either the three men were knocked unconscious by the crash or they didn't know how to get out of a flipped and submerged car.
 


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