Police were dispatched to Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station after a foreign woman was found hanged in a lavatory of one of the trains.
Cleaning personnel at Hua Lamphong Railway Station had discovered the body of a young foreign woman hanged to a nylon string in one of the lavatories early Friday morning. “We found her in car number 10 of train #52,” Pol Capt Nadanai Loiklang, who is investigating the strange case, told reporters.
Train #52 commutes daily between Nakhon Lampang and Bangkok, leaving the northern province at 18:041 and terminating at Hua Lamphong in Bangkok at 05:45 the following day. “On this day, the train arrived in Bangkok at 05:20,” Pol Capt Nadanai said.
“It stood there until the cleaning personnel came at around 13:00 and prepared the train for its departure back to Nakhon Lampang at 13:30,” Pol Capt Nadanai stated. “When one of the cleaners went into the lavatory of car number 10, it was locked from the inside. She had to use a master key to unlock the door.”
The woman, whose identity and nationality are unknown or not published at this time, was sunken to the floor. An orange nylon string was wrapped around her neck and the other end attached to a steel bar on the window. Her age was estimated to be between 25 and 35.
An emergency physician stated that the unknown woman had several needle holes in the crook of her left arm. Pol Capt Nadanai: “It was a fresh wound because there was still coming blood out of it when we were examining her.” Forensic Police also discovered a cut, presumably from a knife, on her right hand.
In a backpack that lay close to the deceased woman, police only reported they found toiletries and makeup utensils. In the pocket of her pants, she was carrying a one-dollar note with her. All three items have been bagged as evidence.
Pol Capt Nadanai confirmed that the body of the dead foreigner had been transported to Police Hospital for an autopsy and to determine if the needle holes were, in fact, signs of drug abuse.
Editorial note: Police said the train departed at 10:00. However, the State Railway of Thailand’s official timetable shows that train number 52 leaves at 18:04.