Police in Phuket are struggling to identify a Caucasian man who was found dead in a forest in Phuket’s Kathu district. Officers believe the man committed suicide.
A resident of the Phanason Private Home on Wichit Songkhram Rd had discovered the man in a dense forest opposite his gated community in Kathu subdistrict. The deceased was found hanging from a tree branch with a rope knotted around his neck.
Deputy inspector Pol Capt Nipon Demsang of Kathu Provincial Police Station was assigned to the case after being notified at 09:20 on Monday morning. Together with deputy superintendent Pol Lt Col and investigator Pol Lt Col Noprut Sukgri police made their way to the place where the man had been found. Kusoldharm Foundation volunteers joined the site to offer assistance.
Pol Lt Col Noprut announced their findings on Monday afternoon: “Kathu Provincial Police Station confirms the discovery of a dead male of caucasian decent inside a forest about 400 metres from Wat Kathu in Kathu subdistrict. At this time, we do not know the identity of the man since he had no identification documents on him.”
Several Thai online media described the man as being between 40 and 53 years old, between 175 to 185cm tall. “We found him about 50 metres into the forest, dangling on a nylon rope wrapped around his throat, the other end being attached to a tree branch.”
According to Pol Lt Col Noprut, the mystery man was bearded and had only a thin head of hair. He was wearing a blue long sleeve t-shirt and brown shorts at the time of his death.
When investigators removed the nylon rope, they found ligature marks on his neck but no signs of foul play. “Based on the overall condition of the body, we estimate he had been dead for at least six hours,” Pol Lt Col Noprut said.
While the unidentified man was being transported to Vachira Phuket Hospital, investigators interviewed the man who had found the man’s body and who wished to remain anonymous.
“Apparently, the witness had seen the deceased one or two days beforehand, walking in that same area close to the edge of the forest. However, he did not know the deceased and assumed him to be either a tourist or someone with a job in the local area.”
Pol Lt Col Noprut will be investigating the circumstances which caused the man to feel so desperate as to take his own life. He announced, “We are continuing the investigation to find out more about the motives that had led to his suicide and hopefully find the name and relatives of the deceased. After that, we will contact the relevant Embassy so relatives can organise repatriation if necessary.”
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