Dean Kelsey Chapman
Phuket police discovered a 49-year-old Canadian tourist who was found dead in his apartment. He is believed to have been dead for at least two days.
Officers at Kathu Provincial Police Station received a report of the incident at about 11:00 from Plus Condominium 1 in Kathu subdistrict of Phuket province. Pol Cpt Wichod Mipop was assigned to investigate the case.
A peculiar smell on the 6th floor led police to an apartment rented by the 49-year-old Canadian Dean Kelsey Chapman. “When we opened the door, we found the victim’s body lying face-up on the bed,” Pol Cpt Wichod said.
Upon examining the scene, police found a cellphone on his chest and a list of hospital emergency numbers. A “Tripadvisor Travel Correspondent” card was also found in his room, in addition to various medicines and vitamins.
“There was blood on his face, but we found no sign of a struggle on his body,” the investigator said. “We talked to a Phuket agent who helped him out during his trip. He told us that the victim, who was suffering from cancer, had arrived in Thailand on November 1, 2016, and was scheduled to return to Alberta on March 31.”
When a friend of Mr Chapman’s came to visit, he found him dead on his bed. He was wearing a navy-blue t-shirt and black shorts. An emergency physician who was also at the scene said Mr Chapman had been dead for at least two days.
A security guard at the condominium complex testified that he last saw Mr Chapman on Sunday morning at about 09:00.
“The cause of death is unknown until doctors have examined the body”, Pol Cpt Wichod said. “At this stage, we believe that it was due to health issues.”
Rescue volunteers from the Gusontam Phuket Foundation brought the body to Vachira Phuket Hospital. Police notified the Canadian Embassy of Mr Chapman’s death.
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