Austin Ryan Kirschenmann
A young American tourist lost his battle with depression and leapt to his death from the 3rd floor of his Phuket hotel during a vacation with his parents.
Police received a report of a severely injured foreigner who had plunged from a hotel balcony on Sunday afternoon around 17:00. “We assumed he was still alive and we rushed to the scene expecting to save his life,” said investigating officer Pol Lt Thanakan Umratsami of Sa Khu Provincial Police Station later that day.
Police officers and a medical examiner from Thalang Hospital and volunteers from the Sa Khu emergency medical services, arrived at the scene shortly after being notified, only to discover a young man on a concrete wall next to the hotel.
A doctor at the scene tried to perform CPR in an unsuccessful bid to save the young man’s life, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The police later identified the deceased as Austin Ryan Kirschenmann, 26-year-old US national.
So far, police have refused to name the hotel where the incident occurred, describing it simply as “a tall building on a road in the Moo 1 area leading to Nai Yang Beach” in the Sa Khu subdistrict of Thalang district.”
Police have learned from hotel staff that Mr Kirschenmann had been on holiday and staying in the same hotel with his parents on the 3rd floor,” Pol Lt Thanakan said. “We have evidence indicating that he had jumped from the balcony of his room,” the investigator added.
At Thalang Hospital, tourist police officials spoke to Mrs Stacey Dawn Kirschenmann, the 54-year-old mother of the deceased. “She was devastated by the death of her son but indicated that this was not his first attempt to commit suicide.” According to Mrs Kirschenmann, her son had been struggling with severe depression for several years and had attempted to commit suicied several times in the past. A 2015 study conducted by the US National Mental Health Institute estimated that 6.7% of Americans suffer from depression.
Pol Lt Thanakan closed his statement by stating: “We have concluded that this unfortunate incident is a suicide and because of his mental state, Mrs Kirschenmann has not contested the cause of death.” The grieving family is now faced with the daunting task of organising the repatriation of Mr Kirschenmann’s body to the United States.
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