A Ukrainian model found brutally hacked to pieces with a saw at a luxury apartment in Thailand she shared with her Polish boyfriend styled herself on Marilyn Monroe and dreamed of being a film star.
Alona Savchenko, 24, had checked into the Key Sathorn-Charoenraj hotel-apartment in Bangkok with her partner Jan Jerzy Lagoda-Filippow, 25, on April 29.
Lagoda-Filippow had an advertising business registered in Covent Garden in London‘s West End.
Ms Savchenko meanwhile had previously done photoshoots for him and several other ad agencies, and was reportedly paid by brands to endorse their products on social media.
Images of the young model saw her showing off her bleach-blonde hair and self-proclaimed ‘pin-up’ figure.
Hotel staff said the couple looked happy as they checked in together and CCTV footage from the corridor shows the pair smiling as they walked towards their room.
But security guards became suspicious on the morning of May 15 when the Polish tourist left the building, alone and in a hurry, dragging his luggage with him and seeming very nervous.
Lagoda-Filippow flagged down a taxi, whose driver Surachai Sabaibang later called the hotel to inform them of the Pole’s erratic behaviour after his passenger allegedly used the Google Translate app to ask for help cutting up a body.
Alona Savchenko, 24, was killed this past weekend in a luxury Thai hotel-apartment
Alona Savchenko, 24, had checked into the Key Sathorn-Charoenraj hotel-apartment in Bangkok with her partner Jan Jerzy Lagoda-Filippow, 25, on April 29
Alona Savchenko appeared to be living a jetset lifestyle prior to her death
Jan Jerzy Lagoda-Filippow, 25, is suspected of murdering his Ukrainian girlfriend. The Pole had an advertising business registered in Covent Garden in London’s West End
A bloodstained saw was found next to Alona Savchenko’s body by hotel staff and police
CCTV footage of Lagoda-Filippow’s exit from the hotel shows him shaking as he leaves the lift, lugging his suitcase behind him.
Following Mr Surachai’s call, hotel staff went to check the couple’s room on the 32nd floor where they found Ms Savchenko’s carved-up body on the bed.
The young woman’s face was covered in blood and her left hand had been cut off at the wrist.
Her head had also been partially severed with a deep slash from her neck to her left shoulder, and paramedics discovered she had also sustained a stab wound on her chest.
A 2ft-long saw lay coated in blood next to her body. Investigators believe Ms Savchenko had been dead for around a day before being discovered, suggesting she was killed over the weekend prior to Lagoda-Filippow’s attempt to flee.
The young woman, who was studying in Jinan, China, appeared to have a jet-set lifestyle holidaying in Valencia, Warsaw, Istanbul, London, and Rome in the months before she arrived in Bangkok at the end of April.
A slew of photos taken in the months before her death show the model posing in an array of locations, captioned with Beatles lyrics and tales of her dreams of becoming a star.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Pongpun Phonharn, from the Wat Phraya Krai district station, said: ‘The victim arrived at the condo with her boyfriend on April 29, but he left without her at around noon on May 15.
‘We learned that he had hired a taxi to take him to Sa Kaeo province. He was likely trying to cross the border to Cambodia.’
Images of the young model saw her showing off her bleach-blonde hair and self-proclaimed ‘pin-up’ figure
Ms Savchenko is pictured
Thai paramedics carry Ms Savchenko’s body from the hotel
Two weeks later, Lagoda-Filippow left the hotel in a hurry, dragging his luggage alone and looking nervous, according to CCTV footage and security guards
Lagoda-Filippow is seen after being arrested by Thai police
Lagoda-Filippow was rumbled by a Labrador puppy named Judy, who smelled a strange scent on him and led officers to the travel agency where he was waiting to cross the Thai border and escape into Cambodia
Officers contacted taxi driver Mr Surachai for questioning following the discovery.
The driver said: ‘I picked up the suspicious passenger, who told me through Google Translate that he wanted to play at a casino. When he could not find a suitable place to play, he then asked me through the app to help dismember his girlfriend’s body for 1,500 baht ($44).’
Disturbed by the alarming request, Mr Surachai reportedly dropped Lagoda-Filippow off at a hotel in Bangkok’s Sathorn district before calling the hotel he had been staying at.
Border officials were put on alert shortly after hotel staff discovered Ms Savchenko’s body and on Monday evening Lagoda-Filippow was caught at the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint 135 miles away in Sa Kaeo province.
Cops had missed the suspect, but a sharp-nosed police dog bounded away from her truck towards an inconspicuous travel agency close to the border.
Having detected an unusual scent, Judy the Labrador began excitedly wagging her tail and sniffing away at Lagoda-Filippow, who was sat outside the agency with his ticket to freedom four miles away across the border in Cambodia.
The alleged murderer had visa forms filled out and was just a few minutes from boarding a minivan when armed cops descended on the remote building and pinned him to the ground in handcuffs.
He was then detained at the Wat Phraya Krai Police Station for interrogation while police informed the Polish Embassy of his arrest. Investigations are ongoing.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Pongpun Phonharn added: ‘The suspect was very calm when he was arrested. It was about 4am (Tuesday) when he was caught.
‘He drank coffee as normal in his cell and started exercising, like it was his normal morning routine. He did not say anything.
‘We have contacted the Polish Embassy.’