Murder or suicide? Police in Pattaya are investigating the mysterious death of a German man who was found in a public park with a leather belt wrapped around his neck.
The body was discovered in Khao Phra Yai public park in Pattaya City, Chon Buri province at about 10am. The case was assigned to Pol Maj Gen Chedta Gomonwattana, Deputy Commander of Pattaya Provincial Region 2. The head of the Scientific Crime Detection Division and a medical examiner from Bang Lamung Hospital assist the investigation.
When officers arrived at the the location, a lonely footpath at the edge of a forest, they found the body of a middle-aged man wearing navy blue striped shorts with a white t-shirt under a light blue shirt. A black belt had been wrapped tightly around the man’s neck.
“Even though we did not find any signs of a struggle, the dead man’s legs were covered with burn blisters,” Pol Maj Gen Chedta said. Rigor mortis had already set in and a medical examiner said the deceased must have been dead for at least four hours. The man was later identified as 39-year-old Frank Glas, previously named Fischer, from Germany. Immigration police confirmed that he had entered the Kingdom without a visa on December 23, 2017.
On the steps of a staircase about 200 metres from where the body was found, investigators discovered a red backpack and other personal items which police believe belonged to Mr Glas. “We emptied the bag and logged the contents which included items of clothing, a leather wallet, medicine, two empty beer cans and two empty bottles of methanol”, Pol Maj Gen Chedta said. Methanol is a toxic form of alcohol. It is mainly used in the chemical industry as a cleaner/solvent, but can also be found in cheap alcohol.
“At this point of the investigation, it looks like Mr Glas either committed suicide or was the victim of a homicide,” Pol Maj Gen Chedta assumed. Investigators have started to contact hotels and shops in the area in order to build a time line leading to Mr Glas’s movements leading up to when he was found in the park. “We are now checking CCTV footage in the park for any clues.” This together with the autopsy result should definitively determine whether the death of Mr Glas was a suicide or homicide.
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