March 5, 2018

Maximilian Friedrich

Severe depression and a host of terminal diseases drove a 71-year-old man to commit suicide. The German national hung himself in his house in Udon Thani province.

His 24-year-old housemaid, Briyanut Gonggaeo, found the body when she went to the property to clean. In the garage, she saw the silhouette of a body hanging from a tie beam of the roof. As she approached, she realised that it was her employer, Maximilian Friedrich. Ms Briyanut immediately called the police.

Pol Capt Wonwit Suila took the call around 09:00 on Monday morning at the Mueang Udong Thani Provincial Police station. As the deputy superintendent of the investigation division, he ordered officers, rescue volunteers and a medical examiner from Udon Thani Hospital to assist in the inspection of the scene.

Arriving at Mr Friedrich’s house, located in the Phloi Villa 1 Village in Nong Bua subdistrict of Udon Thani province, he described it as: “rustic” and “old-fashioned”, indeed, “a typical one-storey house just like the others in this village”.

Once the investigators had entered the garage, they found the lifeless body of Mr Friedrich on the bare concrete floor. Blood pools at the lowest parts of his body left dark purple-black stains. The medical examiner estimated that Mr Friedrich had been dead for at least two hours before police arrived.

Ms Briyanut later told police she first thought Mr Friedrich was still alive. “She rushed into the kitchen to get a knife,” Pol Capt Wonwit said. “However, after cutting the nylon rope, she realised that there was nothing she could do.”

Investigators later learned that Mr Friedrich had been living alone since divorcing his Thai wife “many years ago”. Mr Friedrich reportedly had diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. He had talked about killing himself if he did not recover from his illnesses.

“We found no signs of foul play on the property and all the man’s valuables were found intact,” announced Pol Capt Wonwit who is treating the death as a suicide. Police have informed the deceased’s lawyer and the German Embassy of the death.

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Case Details

Source Thairath
Date of Death: March 5, 2018
Last Edited: 5 months ago
Age: 71 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: German
Cause of Death: Suicide
Province: Udon Thani
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