James Anthony Track
A 60-year-old British man found dead in a rented apartment in Buriram after neighbours reported a foul smell emanating from the room.
At 11:00, Pol Capt Desha Tongbrapa of Nang Rong Provincial Police Station in Buriram’s Nang Rong subdistrict was informed about the incident. Additional officers and forensic police were dispatched to the scene on Pradit Pana Rd.
The apartment building, which police declined to name, consists of six aligned rooms. In one of them, police found the body James Anthony Track, a 60-year-old retiree from England. He was discovered shirtless in a prone position on the bed with black shorts, surrounded by a pool of blood. A scooter belonging to Mr Track and several bottles of beer and an ice bucket was found outside the room.
During the investigation, police learned that Mr Track had been married to a Thai woman whose name was not disclosed. Relatives said frequent fights and quarrels led to a divorce. “The fights were mainly because of Mr Track’s excessive alcohol consumption,” Pol Capt Desha revealed. “She asked him to quit, but he kept drinking.”
The situation escalated when Mr Track’s wife threatened him with divorce if he did not stop drinking. According to the wife, Mr Track replied that he would kill himself. The couple then split up, and Mr Track moved into the apartment where he was later found.
People who also lived in the area told police that he lived in total isolation when he first arrived. The only times he left his room was to buy beer and liquor at the 7-Eleven store nearby. Mr Track was last seen alive about four days earlier, a witness told Pol Capt Desha. Shortly afterwards, a foul smell started to emanate from his room which they thought came from cooking.
Four days later, when the stench became unbearable, and Mr Track had not been seen for several days, a group of neighbours decided to contact the owner of the room and asked him to check on Mr Track. The bloated and oozing body of the 60-year-old was then found and reported to the police.
The initial investigation into the case ruled out that Mr Track had been a victim of crime since no visible injuries were found on the body. “At this point, we suspect that Mr Track died of internal organ failure related to his excessive drinking behaviour, fueled by stress over his recent divorce,” Pol Capt Desha told Thai media representatives.
To officially determine the cause of death, police sent Mr Track’s body to the hospital for a post-mortem examination. The British Embassy in Bangkok has already been notified of his death, Pol Capt Desha confirmed.
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