Michael Peter Terkildsen
Financial problems are likely to have driven a 52-year-old Danish tourist to suicide. He leaped to his death from the 34th floor of a 44-story-condominium in Pattaya.
Pattaya police were informed at about 07:30 on Friday morning. Investigators did not immediately release the name of the condominium where the incident occurred. However, our research surmises that it was Centric Sea Condominium located on Pattaya Rd 2 in Prue subdistrict, Chon Buri province.
Police from Mueang Pattaya Provincial Station identified the man as Michael Peter Terkildsen, 52. He was found in a parking lot of a neighbouring building belonging to the condominium that was still under construction.
“Our first impression was quite macabre,” Pol Lt and deputy investigator Narong Janta remembered his arrival. “Mr Terkildsen’s body was completely crumpled.” Judging by the aftermath of the fall, Mr Terkildsen’s skull had smashed open causing a large pool of blood at the scene.
Initial investigations showed that Mr Terkildsen had been renting a room in the condominium on the 34th floor. The property owner told police that his tenant had been living there with his Thai wife for about three years.
However, according to neighboring tenants, his wife, who police said was 30 years old, had regularly moved in and out of apartment. The tumultuous marriage finally took its toll when Mr Terkildsen, left alone once again, decided to end his life.
“But that was only half of the story,” Pol Lt Narong said. “According to the testimony of several of Mr Terkildsen’s friends, his wife had defrauded him financially.” They were quoted as saying that Mr Terkildsen had lost more than 3 million baht to his wife: money which was meant to cover his retirement.
When investigators inspected his room on the 34th floor, they found a letter written by Mr Terkildsen explaining his main motivation for suicide. It said: “I don’t want to live anymore because I’m broke!”
“We ordered Mr Terkildsen’s body to be sent to Police General Hospital in Bangkok to verify the cause of death,” confirmed Pol Lt Narong. “We are also looking for Mr Terkildsen’s ex-wife in order to question her about the incident and the circumstances which led to it.”
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