A 63-year-old US national was found dead on Monday afternoon in a rented house in Nong Khai’s Mueang district, Manager Online reported.
Police confirmed they received a call at approximately 13:00, Mueang Nong Khai Provincial Police Station from the landlord of the single-storey apartment located on 103/3 Mu 2 in the Mi Chai subdistrict. Banja Fries, 47, dialled 191 after she had discovered the body of one of her tenants in his rented apartment.
The deceased, who police named as 63-year-old American, Daniel Barcelona, was found naked on the tiled floor of his bathroom. Pol Lt Col Bamrung Naebchidchai, the lead investigator on this case, said Mr Barcelona’s sustained a head injury when he fell. A doctor from Nong Khai Hospital who accompanied police indicated that the American had been dead for at least 24 hours.
Investigator Pol Lt Col Bamrung questioned Ms Banja who reported that she had last seen the man on Saturday, April 15. The following Monday afternoon, Ms Banja drove to Mr Barcelona’s house and saw that the door had been left open. The TV and the fan were both still running, she told Pol Lt Col Bamrung.
Fearing the worst, she went inside to check on her 63-year-old tenant. “As she was walking through the rooms, she noticed a bad smell coming from the bathroom,” Pol Lt Col Bamrung quoted Ms Banja. “When she looked into the bathroom, she found Mr Barecolan’s decomposing body.”
Police have not yet completed the investigation, but Pol Lt Col Bamrung stated that the evidence points to the fact that the victim slipped and hit his head against the wall. “This would explain the wound on his head,” said Pol Lt Col Bamrung.
Officers at Mueang Nong Khai Provincial Police Station said that the US Embassy in Bangkok had been informed of the accident. Embassy officials are now in the process of contacting Mr Barcelona’s relatives.
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