A 50-year-old man holidaying on Koh Phi Phi in Krabi province was found dead on 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 a 50-year-old German man, Markus Steinbach, who had been discovered the previous night: on August 29, near the Sea Gypsies’ cemetery in the north of the island.
Police questioned 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 and he was last seen on Monday night.”
After a brief inspection of Mr Steinbach’s room, police found pharmaceutical drugs used to treat depression. All of his valuables were intact.
The deceased’s body was found lying around 20-meters from a flight of stairs connecting the road to the rocky beach. Despite their being no obvious signs of a struggle, Mr Steinbach had small wounds to his forehead and left ear plus bruises on both ankles. According to a medical examiner, he had been dead for at least 12 hours.
The current theory is that Mr Steinbach climbed the big rock in the dark and either slipped and fell. At this stage, there is even a small chance that he may have committed suicide. “The initial autopsy established that no obvious weapon had caused the wound on Mr Steinbach’s forehead,” Pol Lt Col Chokdi confirmed: adding that they were waiting for the post-mortem report from Surat Thani Hospital in order to completely rule out homicide.
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