The owner of an apartment was shocked when he found the body of a Russian expatriate dead on the floor of his Phuket apartment Monday morning.
Pol Lt Anek Mongkon, a deputy investigator from Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police Station, discovered the deceased 39-year-old Russian national Anton Muromov lying in a pool of blood wearing only black shorts. Forensic staff from Vachira Phuket Hospital said they were experiencing a strong smell of decay, indicating the man must have had been dead for several hours.
Even though the official cause of death has yet to be established, Pol Lt Anek, based on an inspection of the room, ruled out the fact that a crime had occurred here. However, police found a syringe still sticking inside the left arm of the deceased. A tourniquet tied around the arm made police assuming Mr Muromov’s death was a drug overdose.
Medical staff did not find any other visible injuries or bodily harm. They estimated the man had been dead for at least 24 hours prior his discovery. Vachira Phuket Hospital will conduct a post-mortem examination to determine if Mr Muromov’s death was indeed caused by an overdose.
An early investigation report conducted by Pol Lt Anek found out that Mr Muromov had been working as a computer programmer at a local IT company. When he failed to show up this Monday, colleagues and friends became worried because Mr Muromov had never skipped work before without calling in.
When friends of Mr Muromov made their way to his room on the 5th floor of his apartment in Talat Yai subdistrict of Mueang district, they noticed a smell of decay and asked the owner of the apartment to gain access to the room. This was when they discovered the body, Pol Lt Anek said.
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