Police on Koh Lanta are trying to establish the identity of a foreign male who was washed ashore on Wednesday morning.
Koh Lanta Provincial Police Station was notified of a body on a beach in Moo 3 in the island’s Sala Dan subdistrict, Pol Maj Somchai Nuanmai said. Along with local rescue workers, police went to investigate the case.
Officers found the body of an unidentified male lying face down on the beach. “He did not have any identification documents on him,” Pol Maj Somchai said. However, police found a yellow rubber bracelet on his left wrist with a Chinese inscription, so officers have surmised the man might be a Chinese national.
Pol Maj Somchai described the deceased as having pale skin and a bald head. He was found wearing only a pair of jeans. Police did not find any injuries or other marks on his body to indicate foul play. The time of death is estimated to be two days prior to the discovery of his body.
Rescue workers took the body to Koh Lanta Hospital to allow forensic scientists to confirm the cause of death. In the meantime, police are trying to identify the man who they think might have accidentally fallen off a boat or drowned while swimming.
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