Police are investigating whether the prescription drugs found in the room of an elderly Frenchman had anything to do with his death, The Phuket News reported.
The owner of the apartment where the man had stayed had found the body of the 65-year-old foreigner, whose name is currently being withheld by The Phuket News, on Saturday afternoon. He reported the incident to the authorities who arrived shortly later but could not do anything more than pronounce him dead.
In the room, located in Phuket’s Kamala subdistrict, police found no signs of a struggle or other indication that a crime had occurred. However, police noted a blood puddle near the fridge which medical staff presumed to have been caused by vomiting.
Police also found two different types of drugs of which one of them contained the antibiotic substance amoxicillin. The other drug found was a bottle of painkillers not further described by police.
The apartment owner told investigators that the foreigner had been renting the apartment for over six years. He described his tenant as a heavy drinker who usually left the room in the morning and evening. But when he did not see him for almost a week, he became suspicious and used the master key to gain access to the room. He then found the Frenchman’s body lying dead in the bathroom doorway.
The body was transported to Patong Hospital, where an initial examination led doctors to suspect that the cause of death was related to breathing complications.
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