A 38-year-old Russian tourist apparently drank himself to death, police investigators in Samut Prakan province revealed today towards Khaosod newspaper.
Assigned to the case was investigator Pol Maj Narongsak Tongayasit from Bang Kaew Provincial Police Station in Samut Prakan. At around 15:30 Tuesday afternoon, he received the information that a foreign national had died in his hotel room, prompting him to investigate the case.
Police did not name the hotel but said it was located on King Kaew Rd in Samut Prakan’s Rachathewa subdistrict, Bang Phli district. Together with a paramedic from Bang Phli Hospital, tourist police officers, and Ruam Katanyu rescue volunteers, Pol Maj Narongsak shortly later arrived on the scene.
After gaining access to room 411, police found the body of 38-year-old Russian national Anton Andrev lying dead on the floor of his bathroom. Officers and paramedics inspected the body, who was lying face down and was only wearing a towel wrapped around his hips, but did not find any signs of violence or visible injuries. Doctors estimated the Russian had been dead for at least 12 hours prior being found.
According to hotel employees, Mr Andrev checked in two days earlier in the late morning of May 29 only carrying a plastic bag containing his clothes. During his stay, Mr Andrev appeared to be heavily intoxicated and was often seen purchasing beer at the hotel shop. He also repeatedly made orders through the room service. However, he only ordered alcoholic beverages and was not seen eating since his arrival.
When an employee knocked at his room at around 15:00 on Tuesday, Mr Andrev did not answer the door. The employee then called the phone inside the room but, again, was not able to contact him. The only thing he could hear was the water that was running continuously inside the bathroom.
As he used the master key to check on his guest, he found Mr Andrev motionless on the floor of the room’s bathroom. He then rushed and called the police and medical workers who pronounced him dead upon their arrival.
An initial police report assumed that Mr Andrev had died from an alcohol intoxication. After police had collected evidence from the room, rescue volunteers transported his body to Bang Phli Hospital where a post-mortem examination is supposed to confirm the cause of death.
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