A Cambodian man made a gruesome discovery when he found the body of an elderly Canadian tourist hanging from the ceiling of an abandoned building in Trat province Wednesday evening.
Local rescue volunteers received a call at around 17:50 by Be Sim, a Cambodian guest worker, about the death of a foreigner in a deserted building near Bancheun Beach in Trat’s Mai Rut subdistrict, Khlong Yai district.
When rescue workers and police officers from Mai Rut Provincial Police Station arrived on the scene, they discovered the body of a 70-year-old Canadian who police only named as Michael. He was hanging from a rope that was tied around his neck and attached to the metal structure on the ceiling of the building. Two toppled over plastic chairs were lying next to the body.
Police visually inspected the body and discovered bruises on the neck and back of the deceased. They estimated the man had passed away approximately 24 hours prior his discovery.
Investigators questioned Mr Be, who said he had found the body while he was picking mushrooms nearby. They also interviewed employees of the resort where the Canadian had stayed and learned that the man had checked in on May 7 and was due to check out on the day he was found.
Guests at the resort who had been in contact with Michael told police he showed signs of depression and appeared to be in a mentally distressed condition. However, none of them expressed their concerns towards the deceased.
Police have so far completed gathering of evidence and have ordered the body to be sent to Phrapokklao Hospital in Chantaburi province where a post-mortem examination is supposed to determine the official cause of death.
The Canadian Embassy in Bangkok has been notified.
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