Several untreatable diseases and severe depression drove a 71-year-old German to commit suicide. The man hung himself in his house in Udon Thani province.
The 24-year-old maid of the house, Briyanut Gonggaeo, found the body after she had entered it for a clean-up. In the garage, she saw the silhouette of someone hanging from the tie beam of the roof. Only when she came closer, she realised that it was her employer, Maximilian Friedrich. Ms Briyanut then called the police.
At the Mueang Udong Thani Provincial Police station, Pol Capt Wonwit Suila answered the call around 09:00 on Monday morning. Pol Capt Wonwit, who serves as deputy superintendent of the investigation division, ordered officers, rescue volunteers and a medical examiner from Udon Thani Hospital to assist in the inspection of the scene.
Shortly later, police arrived at Mr Friedrich’s house, located in the Phloi Villa 1 Village in Nong Bua subdistrict of Udon Thani province. “It was a typical one-storey house just like the others in this village,” Pol Capt Wonwit said, describing it as “rustic” and “old-fashioned”.
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 have found all valuables in place and no signs of foul play,” Pol Capt Wonwit announced who is treating the death as a suicide. Meanwhile, the deceased’s lawyer and the German Embassy have been informed by police.
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