April 29, 2016

Boaz Laufer

An Israeli tourist committed suicide in a guesthouse in Mae Hong Son province by taking an overdose of prescription drugs, Thai language news website Sanook! reported on Friday.

The death was reported Friday afternoon, prompting investigator Pol Capt Thingon Chumphusaen from Mae Hong Son Provincial Police Station and paramedics from Srisangwan Hospital to make their way to the scene. Tourist police and rescue volunteers were informed about the incident as well.

The body of the Israeli tourist Boaz Laufer, 48, was found in his rented room in a guesthouse located in Mae Hong Son City district. He was lying face up on the bed with a bruise visible on his chest.

Next to him, police found a bottle of beer, four bottles of drinking water, a mobile phone, a black backpack and a laptop. A bottle of unidentified pills was found next to the TV, which was taken to a nearby hospital to determine its content, Pol Capt Thingon said.

Apart from this, officers also collected a notebook containing a three-paged farewell letter in English addressed to his Thai girlfriend. He wrote that he had been suffering from a depression disorder and had come to Thailand to end his life “in order not to cause problems” to his girlfriend.

“Decision was made a long time ago before I came back to Thailand, but I did not want people to know about it,” he continued. He went on to say he would leave all his belongings with his girlfriend and expressed the wish that his body is not being transported back to his home country but instead being cremated in Mae Hong Son.

An early investigation revealed Mr Laufer had entered Thailand on March 16 and had been staying at the guesthouse since April 26. He had stayed at his girlfriend’s apartment for some time before asking her to continue travelling alone, leaving her on a motorbike on the morning of April 26.

According to Pol Capt Thingon, Mr Laufer likely killed himself through an overdose of the drug found in his room. A brief medical examination did not reveal any injuries or wounds. A guesthouse worker last saw him on April 27 which medical personnel estimated to be the day of his death. Mr Laufer’s body was sent to Srisangwan Hospital to confirm the cause of his passing.

Case Details

Source sanook!
Date of Death: April 29, 2016
Last Edited: 7 months ago
Age: 40 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Israeli
Cause of Death: Suicide
Province: Mae Hong Son
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