January 12, 2017


Police consider foul play in the death of a 72-year-old Taiwanese man. He was found dead with a plastic bag over his head in his Bangkok apartment.

Wang Thonglang police were called to investigate the death of a foreigner in Palm Suite condominium in Soi Lad Phrao 80. When police went up to the fourth floor of the eight-storey building and gained access to room number 422, they the body.

The dead person who the police only named by his surname Liao was 72-years-old and a Taiwanese citizen. With his face down, he was bent over the mattress with his knees still on the ground. “It looked like he was praying,” a rescue volunteer commented the scene when asked at a later time.

Pol Lt Grietdisak Kiausalab, the officer from Wang Thonglang Police Station who is investigating the case, noted that the man had several plastic bags put over his head. “We found three white and four black plastic bags,” Pol Lt Grietdisak said. All bags were knotted around his neck so that no air could come in.

According to Pol Lt Grietdisak, the body had already begun to decompose, causing his body to bloat and to fill the room with an awful-smelling smell. Injuries or other signs that indicate that a crime might have taken place were not found in the room. It was estimated Mr Liao had been dead for around three days.

Police tracked down Ms Eh, the Thai girlfriend of Mr Liao. She said that her boyfriend was a businessman in the textile industry but had to struggle more and more to keep his business afloat. Both, Mr Liao and Ms Eh lived in separate homes.

On January 6, Ms Eh was surprised when he told him that they no longer need to see each other without giving any reason. “She went to his home, knocked, but nobody answered the door,” Pol Lt Grietdisak said. Ms Eh then went back home.

Six days later, on January 12, an employee of the apartment where Mr Liao was staying found the dead body and immediately called the police. Officers will now view available CCTV footage to see who entered or left the room and at what date.

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Case Details

Source Matichon Online
Date of Death: January 12, 2017
Last Edited: 3 years ago
Age: 74 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Taiwanese
Cause of Death: Suffocation
Province: Bangkok
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