Koh Chang police are puzzling over the cause of death of a 56-year-old French tourist who was found dead on the shore the island on Friday afternoon.
Pol Capt Ranarong Buayen, who was assigned to investigate the case, told reporters that he was made aware of the death at around 17:30 on Friday. Together with the Koh Chang Provincial Police Station chief Pol Col Awad Pibunsawad, his deputy Pol Lt Col Paitun Sawaengsak and additional rescue volunteers went out to investigate the scene.
The man was found kneeling and slammed over under a massive banyan tree right at the Lonely Beach shore. In his waist bag, police found a passport, identifying the deceased as 56-year-old Jean-Jacques Gisseau (name transcribed) from France. He was 56 years old.
A brief physical examination revealed no visible injuries or any signs of a fight. Police estimated that Mr Gisseau had been dead for at least two to three hours prior being found.
Pol Capt Ranarong questioned residents of the area, but none of them was able to say where Mr Gisseau lived or when he was first seen at the beach. “At this moment, we’re unable to say why or how Mr Gisseau died,” Pol Capt Ranarong said. The latter is supposed to be revealed at a post-mortem examination at Koh Chang Hospital.
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