A New Zealand man was found dead in his townhouse in Bangkok on Monday night in what police believe was a suicide.
The wife of David Morton, 51, became worried after her husband repeatedly did not answer his phone and asked a man living nearby to check on him. Soon after entering the 2-storey house at 333/514 Soi 54 Sai Mai Rd in northern Bangkok, the neighbour, who asked to remain unnamed, found Mr Morton’s body in his office on the second floor.
Wearing a black t-shirt and navy blue shorts, Mr Morton was discovered laying on the ground with a simple plastic bag around his head and neck made airtight with tape. A tube was pierced through the bag and the other end connected to a large cylinder of the inert gas nitrogen.
This so-called “suicide bag” is a device that allows a person to commit suicide without the almost unbearable feeling of suffocation. “The cause of death in such cases is attributed to asphyxia due to forced deprivation of oxygen,” forensic pathologist Maria S. Madentzoglou explained in a 2013 article in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology.
“Near the body, we found a farewell letter written in English,” Pol Capt Netasit Pattanagittipong, a deputy investigator at Sai Mai Police Station, revealed. “In it, he mentioned that he was suffering from personal as well as health related problems and did not see any other way out than to kill himself.”
Pol Capt Netasit said that the suicide theory is being supported by the result of a brief examination of the body conducted by a doctor on the scene. “He stated that there were no visible traces of violence on his body, he told us.”
Consular officials at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs later confirmed the incident and stated that they were investigating the tragedy to provide details to family members in his home country.
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