Hans Rudolf Schmidt
A 63-year-old man died after drinking an entire bottle of whisky alone inside his condominium room in Chon Buri’s Mueang district late Friday night.
His Thai girlfriend, who wished to remain anonymous, told police that she returned from working in another province at 00:30 early on Saturday morning. She found Hans Rudolf Schmidt, 63, from Switzerland, – seemingly passed out in a sitting position on his balcony on the 12th floor of the EAK condominium.
Pol Lt Gamuwan Dangsurad of Mueang Chon Buri Provincial Police Station told reporters, “She told us that she dragged him onto the bed hoping he would recover, but she eventually realised that Mr Schmidt was dead.”
According to Mr Schmidt’s girlfriend, the two had been living together for five years in their apartment in Bang Pla subdistrict. On Thursday, April 20, she had left for work as normal.
When police inspected the room on Saturday morning, they discovered two bottles of whisky. “One was empty; the other one had about one-fourth left”, said Pol Lt Gamuwan adding that Mr Schmidt suffered financial problems and a heart condition.
In a statement issued at the Mueang Chon Buri Provincial Police Station, investigators confirm that no trace of foul play was found at the scene. Apart from a scratch on his wrist, Mr Schmidt’s body showed no visible signs of an injury.
Mangon Chon Buri rescue workers took Mr Schmidt’s body to Chon Buri Hospital where a post-mortem examination has been scheduled.
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