Brian David Way
A 70-year-old man from England died alone in his house in Pattaya. Unknown to neighbours, he lay undiscovered for four days until someone checked up on him.
Pol Col Chachapon Patarasiripon at Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police Station told reporters, “We arrived at the house in the Ek Mon Kon Village 8 after a man called and reported the death of a foreigner at 15:00. The man said there was a strong putrid smell coming from within the house.”
Police officers and workers from the Swangboriboon Rescue Foundation were sent to the premises, Ek Mon Kon Village 8 – a gated community in Chon Buri’s Nong Prue subdistrict.
Police entered the building no. 62/25 where the deceased had been living. “We found a man lying face down on the floor of his bathroom,” Pol Col Chachapon said, adding: “We didn’t find any indications of violence.”
Police identified the man, Mr Brian David Way, from his passport. Based on the foul smell and the bloated body, police estimated he had died four days ago.
“The rooms in the house were completely messy,” Pol Col Chachapon said. “There was garbage on the floor, and it looks like nobody had cleaned up this place for a long time.” Between the trash, police found a drawer that was filled with pharmaceutical drugs.
Hewa Dueanpongrang, the 56-year-old man who had alerted the police, said he was a neighbour of Mr Way who was a long-time resident of Pattaya. According to him, Mr Way was married, but separated. His wife lived in another province. “Every day, I saw him in his house, but the last four days were different. I didn’t see him at all,” Mr Hewa said.
“I got the feeling that something was wrong when I passed his house that afternoon”, he continued. “That’s when I called the police.”
Pol Col Chachapon said, “We took photos of the body and the rooms and submitted them along with our report as evidence.” The report says, Mr Way died of a “pre-existing medical condition” which is a term often used by the Thai Police when the cause of death is unknown, but natural causes are suspected.
Mr Way’s body has been sent to Bang Lamung Hospital for a post-mortem. “His relatives and the British Embassy have already been informed of the death,” Pol Col Chachapon confirmed.