A 50-year-old man holidaying on Koh Phi Phi in Krabi province was found dead at a small rocky beach. Police believe it was the result of an accident.
Pol Lt Col Chokdi Mabangyang, chief inspector at Koh Phi Phi Provincial Police Station, together with Tourist and Immigration police went to check on the body of Markus Steinbach. The body of the 50-year-old German had been found the previous night, on August 29, near the Sea Gypsies’ cemetery in the north of the island.
Police question the staff at Erawan Palms Resort at Laemtong Beach where Mr Steinbach had been staying. “We found out that the deceased had checked in last Friday,” Pol Lt Col Chokdi said. “He was due to check out on Sunday, September 2. They last saw him on Monday night.”
After a brief inspection of the room, police found pharmaceutical drugs used to treat depression in Mr Steinbach’s room. There were no signs of a fight, all of his valuables where still in place.
When his body was found at a small beach, with an approximately 20-meter flight of stairs leading down from the road, surrounded by to several heavy and lots of small rocks. The man appeared to have wounds to his eyelids and left ear and bruises on both ankles. According to a medical examiner, Mr Steinbach had been dead for at least 12 hours.
“The initial autopsy revealed that a fight did not cause the wound on the tourist’s forehead,” Pol Lt Col Chokdi confirmed. Police now believe that Mr Steinbach had climbed the big rock and either slipped and fell or committed suicide.
Pol Lt Colonel Santipoj Nuanruang said police are waiting for results of a post-mortem at Surat Thani Hospital to rule out murder. However, police have already theorised that the man might have either accidentally fallen from the rocks or deliberately suicided by jumping, he said.
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