A foul smell coming from one of the rooms rose suspicion when cleaning staff made their rounds around a guesthouse in Chiang Mai, Thai language newspaper Thairath reported on March 11. After identifying the room the scent came from, hotel staff called the police to inform them about a possible dead body inside one of their rooms on the 2nd floor.
When Pol Lt Col Nipitpon Taeprachit of Chiang Mai Provincial Police Station arrived with the medical staff of Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital at around noon, they were unable to open the door. Initial attempts to break into the room by using a crowbar failed because it was blocked from the inside, so investigators had to enter through the window.
After entering the room, police officers and doctors found a lifeless body, identified by his passport as Alex Nseri, 36 years old, French national. He was laying on the bed stripped of all his clothes. Medical staff estimated the man had been dead for approximately three days, since March 8, prior his discovery.
A brief examination of the body of the deceased did not reveal any signs of violence or injuries. Nothing of Mr Nseri’s possessions was missing.
Hotel staff told the police that Mr Nseri had rented the room from March 8 and, after checking in, has not been seen by any other guests or workers in the guesthouse.
Police suspect it is likely Alex Nseri has died from a chronic disease. His body will be taken to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital to determine the exact cause of death. The French embassy in Bangkok has already been informed of the incident.
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