Police are struggling to identify a man who was washed ashore on January 25 and have asked the public for help.
Pol Capt Anan Petchen, an investigator from Tha Chana Provincial Police Station, was assigned to the case after being notified of the gruesome finding at 15:30 Wednesday afternoon.
At the scene, police and rescue workers found a man’s body on the beach in Moo 8 Tha Chana subdistrict in Surat Thani province. The man was not carrying any identification documents, so police have not been able to identify any particulars about him including his age and nationality.
“All we know is that he had white skin and was wearing only navy blue swimming trunks. We estimated his height to be between 160 to 166 centimetre,” Pol Capt Anan said. “We assume the deceased is of Asian descent.”
Police are paying attention to a tattoo on the man’s right leg. Pol Capt Anan is hoping it might help in establishing his identity. When found, the body was already starting to bloat and decompose, spreading a foul smell around the scene. Doctors estimate the unidentified male to have been dead for at least 15 days.
Rescue workers transported the body to the nearby Tha Chana Hospital where an autopsy is intended to draw a clearer picture of what had happened to the man. In the meantime, police continue to search for witnesses who can identity the body.
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