Koh Phangan Police discovered the body of a 57-year-old Danish foreigner who had apparently committed suicide during a Buddhist ceremony several days earlier.
Pol Lt Saengrot Somrotrat was informed at 08:00hrs Saturday morning that a French tourist had discovered the body of his friend on Koh Ma, a tiny island adjacent to the north-west of Koh Phang in Surat Thani province. Pol Lt Saengrot from Koh Phangan Provincial Police Station told reporters, “We sent out additional officers, emergency physicians and supporting rescue volunteers to examine the scene.”
Police found the decomposing body of Jasper Larsson, 57, in a densely forested area. The deceased was not wearing a shirt when he was discovered. However, according to Lt Saengrot, police did not find “any visible injuries”. Instead, they found a small Buddha portrait and burnt incense sticks used in Buddhist worshipping ceremonies next to his body. A bag, found approximately 30 metres away, contained his passport as well as “a great range of pharmaceutical drugs”. Also inside the bag was a farewell letter written in Danish by Mr Larsson saying, “Please don’t make a big thing out of this”. He requested that his body be cremated at a temple on Koh Phangan in line with his Buddhist beliefs and added, “Please also take care of my rented scooter.”
The friend who found the body told police officers that Mr Larsson would regularly to go up the mountain on Koh Ma. After he went missing, his friend notified Mr Larsson’s family in Denmark who, in turn, asked for help from the Danish Embassy in Bangkok. Mr Larsson’s friend continued to search for Mr Larsson on his own – making the grim discovery on Saturday morning. Superintendent Pol Lt Col Somsak Nurod confirmed, “One day after his disappearance, we received an inquiry from his Embassy regarding the death of a Danish national on Koh Phangan”.
Emergency physicians estimated the Dane had been dead for between four to five days. Based on the further evidence, police, Pol Lt Saengrot reasoned that Mr Larsson had been suffering from a variety of chronic illnesses and that this might have been the reason for his suicide. “We think that he died from an overdose of his drugs,” he remarked.
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