Anna Maria Zingsheim
Residents of a town in Nakhon Ratchasima province discovered the body of an elderly woman floating on a pond next to a temple.
Officers at Cho Ho Provincial Police Station received the report at around 08:30 on Friday morning. Together with volunteers of the Huk 31 Foundation, police investigators went to the location where the body was found.
The lifeless body of Anna Maria Zingsheim, a German national, aged 72, was found in the pond next to the Wad Sawang Arom building in Mu 8 in the Khok Sung subdistrict of Nakhon Ratchasima province. Volunteers entered the water and retrieved the body. Several onlookers gathered around the temple to witness the scene.
After a brief examination of the body, police estimated that the woman had died at least two hours earlier. She was wearing a black t-shirt and trousers but no shoes. Investigators did not find any visible signs of injury or foul play.
Volunteers took Ms Zingsheim’s body to Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital while police began to gather more information about this puzzling death.
According to an official report, Ms Zingsheim was well-known in the area for her voluntary work at the Sawang Arom temple: cleaning dishes, collecting trash and other tasks she had been doing for the past ten years.
Monks at the temple told police that Ms Zingsheim was a frequent visitor and regularly made merit. She and her family had moved to Thailand 14 years ago and been living in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Residents told police that Ms Zingsheim’s house was not far from the temple. She usually helped out at the temple every day from 05:00.
At 08:30 Friday morning, a person reportedly spotted Ms Zingsheim’s body floating on the pond about three metres from a prayer hall belonging to Wad Sawang Arom.
A pathologist has yet to carry out a post-mortem examination to establish the official cause of death. However, police believe that she slipped and fell into the water while sweeping the floor outside of the temple. She may have drowned, police said. The investigation continues.
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