Daily News reported that a retired Dutch teacher found hanging from a chicken coop next to a luxury house in Kamphaeng Phet province in northern Thailand might have been murdered.
Dutch national Herb Elmes (name transliterated from Thai), 61, was found hanging outside a house that he shared with his 40-year-old wife Cha-orn Elmes and her younger brother Precha Jaidee, 38, on May 27.
Local news reports stated Mr Elmes was hanging from a nylon cord. Both of his hands had been tightened with cable ties, police said. His body also showed bruisings from injuries to the right side of his rib cage.
Lt Col Yuthana Phuksuk of Klong Khlung Provincial Police Station and local rescue workers were called to the house in Ban Sap Manao in Wang Sai subdistrict. Lt Col Yuthana estimated that Mr Elmes had been dead for several hours. The body was briefly examined and then sent to Buddhachinaraj Hospital for a more complete autopsy.
Mr Precha, Mr Elmes’ son-in-law, told police that the couple had been married for two years. Four days before his death, they had an argument after which Mrs Elmes went to Bangkok and did not return. Mr Precha said that despite living in the same house, he had little to do with Mr Elmes, who mostly kept to himself.
During the investigation, police found out that relatives of the deceased had been contacted by email and had been told that Mr Elmes wanted to kill himself as he could not reach his wife.
Police are still investigating Mr Elmes’ death.
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