Uttaradit police have yet to determine the cause of death of a The girlfriend of a 68-year-old Norwegian man who was found by his girlfriend after she returned from her job at the local market.
The discovery took place on the evening of Friday, November 17, in Ban Pueng Village, officially named Moo 10, in the subdistrict of Tha Pla close to the Wat Hat Lang temple. According to the deceased’s girlfriend, who asked for her name not to be published, her boyfriend was the only one in the house when he died.
Rescue volunteers of the Wat Mon Mai Foundation discovered the man in the bedroom after the girlfriend notified authorities. His passport identified him as Arne Larsen, a a Norwegian expatriate who had lived and worked in Oslo since 1986. On one of his public Facebook profiles>, he had written that he had retired and moved to Thailand in 2011.
An initial report stated that Mr Larsen was found lying sideways on the bed in nothing but his underwear and that investigators at Tha Pla Provincial Police, who arrived shortly after rescuers, did not find anything unusual at the scene.
ONBnews, the online news website which published an undetailed article about Mr Larsen’s death, contacted an officer at Tha Pla Provincial Police involved in the investigation of the case and who has corroborated the account of the circumstances according to Mr Larsen’s girlfriend.
According to her, Mr Larsen had recently returned from a trip to Oslo in his native country. He then travelled to Pattaya where his girlfriend apparently worked but was told that she had gone back to her hometown in Uttaradit province. After multiple phone calls, she finally agreed to let him stay at her house in Ban Pueng Village.
It appears that Mr Larsen was struggling with the sudden heat in Thailand after returned from the freezing temperatures in his home country – so much so that he and took off almost all of his clothes most of the time. Police did not provide any more information regarding the personal relationship between the two.
According to her account, she had left Mr Larsen at home to work that morning, but upon returning home in the evening, had found her boyfriend dead on the bed.
Volunteers and a doctor from Tha Pla Hospital transported the body to a hospital in Phitsanulok province where pathologists will carry out a post-mortem examination to determine the actual cause of death. The Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok has already been notified of Mr Larsen’s death.
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