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James Hughes missing in Hua Hin

Postby Rosh » Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:13 am

James Hughes, one of our beloved professors has gone missing since Aug. 02. He is originally from Mississippi, USA but has been living in Hua Hin, Thailand and working as a teacher at Webster University (Hua Hin Campus) for the past 6 years. He was last seen on August 2nd by his friend/landlord David Hodgins as well as a co-worker in his apartment in Cha Am and was "very much not himself". They left him in his room and when David went to check on him in the morning he wasn't there and hasn't been seen since.

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Does anyone know where he is or has any information that might help? Thanks!

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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby LolaBeltran » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:40 pm

Just bumping this post up here and hoping that someone has information on James. He is a great guy and a popular teacher whose students ( and the faculty & administration) are really worried about him.

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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby Bristolian » Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:50 pm

A picture if available might help.
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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby caller » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:23 pm

There is a large pic in the OP.
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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby Bristolian » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:42 pm

caller wrote:There is a large pic in the OP.

Oops!! I really need to get my glasses changed. Looking on my smart phone I simply assumed the pic was an ad because of the text with the pic. Sorry
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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby kendo » Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:05 am

I did the same Bristolian
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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby neo24 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:48 pm

The school released a letter stating that he was seen last week in town and they will continue to hold his contract open. Doesn't really express much, but that's what I would expect from them.

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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby Vital Spark » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:03 pm

Any more updates on this intruiguing story? I'm guessing that James is OK, but has decided not to work at Webster University any more.

Need a conclusion (I like a story nicely tied up).

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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby deepee » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:32 pm

Sad news VS,
James passed 6th September..... RIP
http://www.webster.ac.th/news/2016/hughes.html
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Re: ATTENTION - JAMES HUGHES MISSING IN HH

Postby Vital Spark » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:17 pm

So sorry to hear that. I didn't know him, but judging by what has been written about him it sounds like he was a nice guy.

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Re: James Hughes missing in Hua Hin

Postby buksida » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:31 am

What happened to my dead brother?
James Hughes was found dead in a Hua Hin hotel room on Sept 6 after having disappeared on Aug 5. He was 58 and his cause of death was given as "circulatory failure". But when brother David Hughes received an autopsy report a month later, he was convinced that something major was being covered up.

The results showed that the American lecturer, who taught at Webster University Thailand (WUT), sustained several bruises from head to toe and an internal bruise in the occipital region of his head.

"He was beaten badly and I am sure he died from these injuries, definitely," David Hughes told Spectrum in a telephone interview from New York.

The hotel where James Hughes died was located in a bar district near Hua Hin police station and only a block and a half away from the savage attack on a British family during the Songkran holiday in April. That assault, captured by overhead security cameras and posted on social media, sparked outrage over its brutality.

"This is a faulty police, embassy and Thai government issue and cover-up," said David Hughes. "It's like with the British couple that was beaten in Hua Hin. They [Thai authorities] didn't want that to get out there, I'm sure. It kills tourism."

Two months after James Hughes' death, police closed the case, saying there was no evidence pointing to murder. But friends and relatives are urging authorities to investigate what they say is a likely murder.

More: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special ... d-brother-
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Re: James Hughes missing in Hua Hin

Postby Spitfire » Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:33 pm

This WUT place....again. This place seems to be embroiled in scandal after scandal time and time again.

This opaque place has been going on like this for years.

Seems like this guy was good at his job and popular. I think everyone knows what to think on this one if you read the full BBK Post article.
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Re: James Hughes missing in Hua Hin

Postby caller » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:03 pm

A very strange and cautionary tale. I wonder if the US media will pick up on this?
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Re: James Hughes missing in Hua Hin

Postby buksida » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:15 pm

Webster Thailand faculty member’s mysterious death questioned by family
When David Hughes learned that his brother, Webster University Thailand professor James Hughes, had died in a hotel room in Hua Hin, he thought Webster was better equipped to handle the funeral arrangements than he was.

David lives in New York and decided to allow a friend of his brother’s to handle the cremation. Webster Thailand hosted a small funeral ceremony attended by students and faculty, and David struggled to understand how his brother had died from what he was told was circulatory failure.

“I was trying to get to a place of peace with this,” David said.

That all changed when he saw the autopsy report.

Far from circulatory failure, the autopsy report, which has been published online by the Bangkok Post, showed a series of severe contusion wounds and tears all over James’ body, including internal bruises on his head and injuries to his eye sockets, forehead, and nasal bridge. The autopsy lists 12 separate injuries.

For David, the autopsy, and the photos he later saw, were proof that James was beaten to death. David now believes that his brother was murdered, and that Thailand’s police chose to ignore the obvious signs.

More: http://websterjournal.com/2016/11/30/we ... ed-family/
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Re: James Hughes missing in Hua Hin

Postby buksida » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:05 am

Police say US man's death not a murder
Hua Hin police have concluded that the death of an American professor who had gone missing for a month in the beach town resort was not the result of a homicide.

James Hughes, a lecturer at Webster University Thailand, was found dead in a hotel room on Sept 6 after having disappeared on Aug 5.

An autopsy report released in October by the Police General Hospital's Institute of Forensic Medicine indicated the 58-year-old had died of "failed respiration and blood circulation".

But close friends and relatives remain convinced that Hughes was physically assaulted after seeing the results, which showed several contusions, tear and avulsion wounds as well as an internal bruise in the occipital region of his head.

"We have taken into account witness testimony and forensic evidence and are confident that [James Hughes] died of circulatory failure," Hua Hin police superintendent Pol Col Sittichai Srisopacharoenrat told the Bangkok Post.

Three hotel staff questioned by police confirmed that the bruises occurred around one week before Hughes' death, said Pol Col Sittichai.

More: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... t-a-murder
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