Commuters in Bangkok were shocked when they spotted the body of a foreigner floating motionless in the Khlong Saen Saep canal. Police have yet to identify the unnamed man.
Deputy inspector Pol Lt Jarit Raosatien of Makkasan Police Station was notified of the unusual finding on Saturday morning at around 07:00. Police, Poh Teck Tung rescue volunteers and a medical examiner from Ramathibodi Hospital were called to the scene.
Police found the body of the lifeless man floating face down about 10 meters from Nana Chard Pier which lays in Soi Sukhumvit 15 in Bangkok’s Khlong Toei Nuea subdistrict. Poh Teck Tung volunteers pulled the body out of the water and placed it on the pier for a brief medical examination.
The unknown man was dressed in black pants while the rest of his body was naked. “He did not wear a shirt, shoes or other clothing, only the black pants,” Pol Lt Jarit, who is leading the case, said. Documents that could be used to identify the man were also not found in his pockets.
However, police believe that his tattoos would help in the identification process. “He had two tattoos, one on his face and one on the back of his right wrist.” The latter pictured the face of a man with a moustache and the letters “ARSUN ALI SODUM,” Pol Lt Jarit said.
Since the body showed no traces of injuries, police did not believe that the man had been a victim of crime. Instead, Pol Lt Jarit assumed that the death was the result of a mere accident: “We think that he accidentally fell into the canal and drowned.”
Without a name and nationality, investigators have now planned to take pictures of the tattoos and show them to people in the area. “We hope that someone recognizes the tattoos and can give us any clues that would bring us closer to identify the man,” Pol Lt Jarit told media representatives later that day.
While the investigation is still ongoing, rescue volunteers have sent the body of the unnamed man to Ramathibodi Hospital where an autopsy is supposed to shed light on the official cause of death.
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