In Kanchanaburi province, a 65-year-old man from Switzerland was found dead inside his home. Police assume a congenital disease to be the cause of death.
The man, Mr Julius Müller, was found dead after repeated calls from his relatives over several days remained unanswered. When one of them went to his house to check on him, the relative was shocked to find out Mr Müller dead.
After authorities had been informed of the incidence, police officers from Nong Khao Provincial Police Station along with volunteers of a local rescue foundation were dispatched to Mr Müller’s house, located at 152/3 Moo 8 in Kanchanaburi’s Thung Thong subdistrict.
Inside the building, officers quickly found the already decomposing body of the 65-year-old Mr Müller lying on the bathroom floor dressed only in trousers. An emergency physician estimated the man had been dead for at least 48 hours.
Police examined the body and found 4062 baht in cash, a Swiss ID and a gold necklace around his neck. An orange Honda CBR motorcycle was parked in front of the house, licensed under กลก 612 Kanchanaburi. A white Mazda, license plate กง 8172 Bangkok, was parked nearby.
Since Mr Müller was married to a Thai woman, investigators questioned his father-in-law, Mr Tom Glandi who explained that his son and daughter-in-law had met several years ago while both were working in Switzerland and where Mr Müller was a government official. When he retired, he moved to Kanchanaburi; though his wife remained in Switzerland to work, promising to follow him later.
On November 25, a neighbour saw an apparently intoxicated Mr Müller returning to his home and attempting to park his motorcycle. While doing so, he fell over, prompting his friend to go and help him. The friend made sure the staggering Mr Müller got inside his home safely. After that, he did not see his Swiss neighbour again.
Four days later, on November 29, Mr Müller’s wife called her husband from Switzerland, but he did not answer the phone. When further attempts failed, she asked a friend to check on him. It was then that her husband’s body was found on the bathroom floor.
Police have ruled out any involvement of violence or criminal activity and have assumed that Mr Müller died from a congenital disease. According to his relatives, Mr Müller suffered from both diabetes and high blood pressure. He was also known to be a heavy drinker which is a risk factor associated with diabetes.
However, the investigator in charge of the case has not confirmed any of these assumptions and is still waiting for the results of the forensic examination before releasing the official cause of death.
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