On January 9, 2017, the Director General and Deputy Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) visited the site of the grounds where the carcasses of elephants where found, in Hua Hin District , Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. They were accompanied by DNP officials, government officers, Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Police, Department Of Provincial Administration, Department of Special Investigation, and other related departments.
The head of Phayasua Unit, the DNP wildlife enforcement unit, reported on the progress of the case on-site. The unit had received reports of wild elephants being falsified as domestic elephants, being harvested for their marketable organs and ivory, and then unceremoniously buried around the grounds of Wat Kao Itisukato. Upon receiving the reports, officials started the investigation around the reported area, which has led to the discovery of the carcasses of four elephants. Further investigation with Hua Hin District officials has also revealed that these burials were unauthorized and unreported.
A preliminary investigation has found possible falsifications in the form of misattributed elephant identities, in which officials are awaiting confirmation via DNA testing. If it was found that the death of the registered domestic elephant was concealed and its legal identity has been illegally replaced with a specimen from the wild, then the offender will be charged with further legal actions. The DNP will then give over the case to the Department of Special Investigation as part of a special investigation.