Police in Krabi are investigating the mysterious death of a 39-year-old German innkeeper who had been missing and was now found with a plastic bag around his head in a luxury resort while on a secret holiday shortly after being visited by a Thai woman.
Staff at the Pimann Buri Pool Villa Resort reported the death of one of their guests to Nang Provincial Police Station at about 13:00 on Tuesday. “We were informed that a foreign man had been found dead inside his room,” Pol Capt Sarawut Gitdirueangrayab, who leads the investigation, told Ban Muang.
High-ranking police officials including Commander of Krabi Provincial Police Pol Lt Gen Sakchai Limjaroen and his deputy made their way to the scene at 618 Mu 2 in Ao Nang subdistrict. They were supported by Krabi’s Provincial Police Superintendent of Inspection and Pol Col Chawalit Petchasribia, Superintendent of Ao Nang Provincial Police Station. Officers of the Royal Thai Police’s Scientific Crime Detection Division and doctors from Krabi Hospital assisted in the investigation.
Lead investigator Pol Capt Sarawut told Khaosod Online: “We found the body of a middle-aged man inside apartment 603 of the resort.” The man was quickly identified by his passport found inside the room as Christopher Faust, a 39-year-old tourist from Südstadt in Hannover, Germany where he worked as an innkeeper>.
“The body was lying with his face up on the bed,” Pol Capt Sarawut revealed. “A green plastic bag was wrapped around his head tightened with red tape.” Mr Faust, who friends called Fausti, was wearing shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt. A brief on-the-scene examination by a doctor estimated the time of death to be between one and two days ago. Mr Faust’s body did not display any injuries, police confirmed.
Police officers inspected the room but “did not find anything out of the ordinary”: “All of his belongings were still there, including his credit card, cash, his passport and wallet, and a laptop.” Police noted two half-empty glasses likely to contain water on a table about two meters next to the bed. A second plastic bag was found in front of the bathroom door.
Police interviewed the staff of the resort who said Mr Faust had booked the luxury apartment from June 7 to June 16 and had acted “like any other tourist” when he checked in on Friday morning.
Mr Faust was last seen alive on Sunday, June 9, when he ordered breakfast to his room. When the staff had not seen the guest in the following days, an employee went to his room to check on him and then found his lifeless body on the bed, police said.
Talking to investigators, several hotel staff revealed that they saw “a chubby, white-skinned woman” leaving Mr Faust’s apartment in the afternoon on the day he was last seen. Police do not know her identity and have yet to track down the woman to bring her in for questioning.
Pol Col Chawalit explained that even though the evidence points to suicide by using a so-called suicide bag, they did not rule out other causes. “Since we have learned about the fact that he had been with a woman around the time of his death, it is possible that the death is a result of an accident during a sex game,” he said, referring to erotic asphyxiation>. “We are also looking into the possibility of a homicide,” Pol Col Chawalit added.
Police say they also found a receipt listing the purchase of tape which investigators believe was the one found at the body. “We are going to look into it and try to find out where and when it was purchased,” investigator Pol Capt Sarawut said.
In an online article> published by the Mirror on June 12 said Mr Faust had been on a “secret holiday”. He reportedly failed to turn up to work on May 16 which sparked concern among his friends and relatives who contacted police in Hannover and began searching for him.
After relatives learned that Mr Faust had gone to Thailand, they searched hospitals in the area and asked for help on Facebook on May 28 (post deleted). When local police learned about the case, rescue workers who had transported Mr Faust’s body told officers about a person matching his description.
A spokesman for Hannover Police said in the appeal that they believed Christopher had “shaved his head and beard” which matched the image of the Christoper when he had his picture taken at Thai immigration when he entered the Kingdom.
Rescue workers have sent Mr Faust’s body to the Institute Of Forensic Medicine at Krabi Hospital. The investigation is still ongoing, Pol Capt Sarawut said, adding that the next step is reviewing footage from CCTV cameras and finding the woman that had been with Mr Faust on the day he was last seen.
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