Edwin Ray McCann
Money had always been tight for a 54-year-old American living in Phuket. When after one year he was too broke to pay his rent or buy food, he decided to commit suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of his condominium.
A tenant made the gruesome discovery when she left the condominium for work at around 07:15 on Wednesday morning. Behind the condo, she spotted what turned out to be the body of a caucasian man lying on the ground next to the building, surrounded by a pool of blood. She immediately called the police.
“We received the information at about 08:00,” Pol Lt Col Tirasag Bunsaeng from Patong Provincial Police Station confirmed the incident. “Since we were told that the man has already died, we asked local rescue volunteers to accompany us along with a medical examiner from Patong Hospital.”
When police arrived on the scene – a condominium on Phra Metta Rd in Phuket’s subdistrict Patong -, officers were confronted with the image the tenant had previously described. “We found a white, middle-aged man who was lying with his face up on a concrete area only a few metres from the condominium.”
The man was later identified as 58-year-old American Edwin Ray McCann. Mr McCann had been renting his apartment for one year, police learned. However, in the recent months, Mr McCann had not been able to pay the rent for his room, the manager of the condominium told officers. In his final days, McCann’s financial situation reportedly became so severe that he could not afford regular meals.
Medical examiner Dr Sitatcha Wongkom from Patong Hospital briefly examined the body and noticed several fractures on his back and his right arm as well as a broken neck. Dr Sitatcha estimated the time of death to be two to three hours before police arrived.
In fact, further investigation into the case revealed that Mr McCann had been awake in the early hours of this morning. Footage obtained from the condominium’s security cameras showed Mr McCann leaving his room on the 4th floor at 04:03.
“He left his room, went to the balcony in the hallway and then returned to his room,” Pol Lt Col Tirasag said, adding that he looked “desperate and depressed”. “This happened several times until he eventually jumped at 05:42.”
An autopsy at Patong Hospital will be carried out soon and the results sent to the American Embassy. The embassy has already been notified of the death of Mr McCann and is now establishing contact with his direct relatives.
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