Human parts found in the Chao Phraya river earlier this week belong to a Spanish man, Thai media has reported. News site Khaosod writes the body parts belong to Mr David Bernat, 40, who arrived in Thailand from Iran on January 19th.
The Spanish man had been staying at Nantiruj Tower apartments on Sukhumvit Soi 8. He was last seen leaving the Nantiruj Tower by motorcycle on January 20th.
Upon searching Mr David Bernat’s studio room located on the 10th floor, officers commented that the keycard to the room was still in the door. Police also revealed that they had recently received a missing person’s report for a Spanish national in Bangkok.
Since Saturday, human body parts including a head, torso, leg and arm have been found separately along the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani.
Reports yesterday said the police believe Mr David Bernat had been bound and gagged before being killed as forensic tests had found fragments of tape on the arm.
Police are now trying to establish the Spanish man’s last known movements and are investigating anything in his past which may hold any clues to his disappearance and murder.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr David Bernat has worked in the telecoms industry for more than a decade after graduating IESE Business School in Barcelona in 2006.
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- February 5, 2016: "Police look for Spaniard in killing of countryman Bernat" (bangkokpost.com)
- February 8, 2016: "Cambodia to Hand Over Spanish Murder Suspect" (khaosodenglish.com)
- April 21, 2017: "Death Sentence for Segarra for Dismembering Spaniard" (khaosodenglish.com)