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 had committed suicide by hanging himself.
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 person was hanging from a tree branch with a rope knotted around his neck, the resident told police as he reported the incident.
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 inspection to offer assistance.
“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,” Pol Lt Col Noprut announced their findings on Monday afternoon. “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 to be between 40 and 53 years old with a height of about 175 to 185cm. “We found him about 50 metres into the forest. He was hanging from a tree branch which was connected to a nylon rope wrapped around the deceased’s neck.”
According to Pol Lt Col Noprut, the man was wearing a blue long sleeve t-shirt and brown shorts. Officers described him wearing a beard and having sparse, thin hair on his scalp.
When investigators removed the nylon string, they could see ligature marks on the neck which are consistent with strangling. However, when officers examined the scene, they did not find any 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 rescue volunteers transported the unidentified man to Vachira Phuket Hospital, investigators interviewed the man who had found the foreigner who wished to remain anonymous, police said.
“The witness had seen the deceased one or two days earlier walking through the area close to the forest,” Pol Lt Col Noprut quoted the resident. “He did not know where the foreign man was staying and believed he was a tourist or had a job nearby.”
When questioned, Pol Lt Col Noprut speculated that financial problems or a broken relationship might have caused him to consider suicide as the only way out.
Pol Lt Col Noprut: “We are continuing the investigation to find out more about the motives that had led to his suicide and hopefully find the name of the deceased. After that, we will contact the relevant embassy so that relatives can organise the repatriation of the body.”
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