The French diving instructor who had gone missing on his way to Koh Tao on March 14 has been found dead in Surat Thani.
According to Thai News Agency, Pol Maj Gen Aphichat Bunsirirot, head of Surat Thani Provincial Police, and Pol Col Wisut Phuphansri, Superindentand of Surat Thani City Police, were notified about the discovery of a dead foreigner Tuesday around noon.
When they arrived, they found the body of Jean-François Louet, 46, lying dead in a banana plantation. Medical staff from Surat Thani Hospital estimated Mr Louet, a French national, had been dead for about a week prior his discovery.
Mr Louet, a diving instructor, working on Koh Tao, went missing on March 14 while on his way back to the island with his French girlfriend. She told police Mr Louet had left the ferry looking for a convenience store but never returned. He was last seen on a CCTV recording leaving the pier.
Pol Maj Gen Aphichat said no visible injuries could be seen on the body of the deceased. A post-mortem examination will be conducted at Surat Thani Hospital to determine the cause of death.
Louet was employed as an instructor for Golden Divers on Koh Tao Island. Registered with both the SSI and CMAS dive agencies, he had been working in the industry for seven years, according to Golden Divers’ website.
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