Thai police on Wednesday managed to identify a foreigner whose decapitated head was found hanging from Rama VIII Bridge on February 22, 2009.
According to Pol Gen Jongrak Jutanont the owner of the guesthouse, Ms Wimon Jaijong, where the foreigner had stayed, contacted police and confirmed that the dead man an Italian national named Maurizio Tosadori, 53.
Police initially believed the dead man was another Italian and distributed his photographs asking the public for help to identify the victim. In a press conference on Wednesday, Pol Gen Jongrak said the person already contacted his embassy in Bangkok and confirmed that he is still alive.
“After being alerted by Ms Wimon, police went to search the room rented by Mr Tosadori at Ms Wimon’s guesthouse on Samsen Rd, Phra Nakhon district. Officers found his passport that showed he had entered the Kingdom on February 6 from Cambodia.
They also found was a letter written in English dated February 21, 2009 addressed to Ms Wimon, which read, “Thank you very much for everything. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.” The letter was signed by Tasadori.
Photos found in the room showed that Tasadori had a small lump to the left of his forehead, Jongrak said, the head found hanging from the bridge had a lump at the same position. His identity documents revealed that Tasadori was an architect.
Ms Wimon said the deceased had stayed at the guesthouse for more than two weeks without paying any rental fees. Because of that, Ms Wimon asked him to move out as she wanted the room for other guests. Ms Wimon also told reporters that Mr Tasadori went missing from the guesthouse on February 21. Several attempts to contact him by via her mobile phone failed.
“Mr Tosadori was poor and a chain smoker,” Ms Wimon stated. “He felt sick several times. He always left the guesthouse in the morning to find a job. He came back in the afternoon and had dinner at the guesthouse’s restaurant. During his stay, he gave me 2,000 baht, saying it was for his meals.”
Royal Thai Police has started an investigation to find out the circumstances surrounding the bizarre death.
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