In Bum Lee
Police in Chiang Mai have released a video showing the last few seconds of a South Korean businessman’s life before he jumped off the terrace of a shopping mall. The police suspect the incident to be a suicide. The 45-year-old tourist died on the spot.
The initial investigation led by Pol Lt Col Noppon Bantonwaragon, Deputy Inspector at Mueang Chiang Mai Provincial Police Station, identified the deceased as Mr In Bum Lee, 45, from South Korea. Police said Mr Lee’s fall might have been an accident but believed it more likely that it was an act of suicide.
Investigators obtained CCTV footage that recorded the incident. It shows Mr Lee, dressed in white trousers and a t-shirt and carrying a backpack, standing on the railing of a terrace on the 5th floor of MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center in Chang Phueak subdistrict. People nearby did not seem to notice until he leapt from the building.
“The impact of his fall caused multiple fractures to his skull and spine. He died on impact and before rescue volunteers arrived on the scene,” Pol Lt Col Noppon said. Investigating police officers examined the personal belongings of the deceased’s backpack and found identification documents, medical reports, and several strong medications.
Further investigation into the case revealed that Mr Lee had moved to Chiang Mai with his wife to start a business as a tour operator for South Korean tourists. His office is located on Nimmanahaeminda Rd, less than a kilometre from the shopping mall.
Mr Lee’s wife told police that anyone who met Mr Lee would have described him as a good-natured and humble person whose business and marriage was in harmony. Even at this early stage of investigation into Mr Lee’s death, police have already put forward suicide as a motive.
“According to some documents we found in Mr Lee’s bag, he had been suffering from several serious health conditions,” Pol Lt Col Noppon said. “This might have been a motivating factor for him to decide to end his life.”
While the investigation continues, local rescue volunteers transported Mr Lee’s body to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the official cause of death. Police have notified the South Korean Embassy in Bangkok of the incident and are in the process of contacting Mr Lee’s family extended family.
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