When a French retiree did not to return his rented car, the rental company tracked it down to his house using its GPS locator. When they went to recover the vehicle, they naturally tried to find the renter, Michel Bachelleric, and in so doing, accidentally found a pool of blood inside his living room.
A security guard at Lake Valley, a gated community in the Chon Buri’s Bueng subdistrict, contacted Nong Kham Provincial Police Station to report the death. Pol Lt Col Sompong Adiwontada received the call at 11:49 on Wednesday morning and went to investigate house number 22/98 along with superintendent Pol Col Chonpad Nawalag and lead investigator Pol Capt Kongdet Sowapat.
“It was a strange sight,” Pol Capt Kongdet told reporters who had gathered in front of the two-storey house where the incident had happened. “There was an enormous amount of blood on the floor in the living room,” he said. “But there was no body.”
Investigators followed their noses towards a strong smell of decomposition coming from the floor upstairs. When officers went to investigate, they found the dead body of Michel Bachelleric, a 68-year-old Frenchman who had been living in Lake Valley for more than two years, investigators.
Describing the scene, Pol Capt Kongdet said, “The body of Mr Bachelleric lay on the floor next to his bed. He was found completely naked with a pool of blood around the body.” He continued, “The bloating of the abdomen, as well as the overall condition of the corpse has led us to believe that Mr Bachelleric had been dead for at least four days.”
The series of events which led to the discovery of Mr Bachelleric body was as follows: he had rented a Toyota Corolla from a rental company in Pattaya until June 19. When he failed to return it, the rental company tried to contact him and, eventually, the company owner decided to use the vehicles built in GPS transmitter to track down its location.
The GPS data showed that the car was parked right in front of Mr Bachelleric’s house and had not been moved since June 17, three days before his body was found. The 56-year-old owner of the rental car company, Mr Sunton, chose to drive to the house and talk to Mr Bachelleric and was surprised to find the front door unlocked.
“I called his name, but nobody answered,” Mr Sunton told police. “I then went in to the house and saw a massive amount of blood on the floor. I was sure there was something wrong, so I informed one of the security guards at the compound.” When the guard, whose name was not mentioned, saw the amount of blood, he immediately called the police.
During the investigation into the case, police officers questioned Jantagan Chamjaidi, another Lake Valley resident whose house is next to Mr Bachelleric’s. “Mrs Jantagan told us that Mr Bachelleric lived alone and that she had not seen him for four days,” said Pol Capt Kongdet quoting the neighbour. “To her, this was unusual because she was used to seeing Mr Bachelleric walking to a nearby convenience store almost every morning.”
In the evening before he was found, Mrs Jantagan reportedly perceived a strange odour coming from the house. However, she did not contact the authorities because nothing suspicious had happened.
While police continue to investigate the death and find an explanation for the pool of blood in the living room, local rescue workers sent Mr Bachelleric’s body to the Institute of Forensic Science in Bangkok to determine the exact cause of death.
“We still don’t know how Mr Bachelleric died,” Pol Capt Kongdet stated. “We hope that the result of the autopsy will help us to find out what happened to him.”