The decomposing body of a 61-year-old British man was found in his house in Bueng Kan province on Saturday afternoon – five days after he died. The cause of death is unknown.
Si Wilai Provincial Police Station has confirmed the death of Nigel Checketts, 61, from Coventry in England. “We were contacted by Mr Checketts’ ex-wife who found the body at around 15:00,” said Deputy Investigator Pol Capt Seksan Nahom.
The victim’s ex wife, Somkid Batiruba (45), made the gruesome discovery after she had become concerned following a series of unanswered calls. “It’s very unusual for him. He usually picks up the phone right away or calls me back within half an hour. I knew that something was wrong,” she told police.
The couple filed for divorce five years ago but stayed in touch regularly by phone. Mr Checketts continued to live in good health, albeit alone in the house they used to share, in a rural area in the Si Wilai subdistrict of Bueng Kan province close to the Laotian border.
Upon entering Mr Checketts’ bedroom at 269/3 Mu 3 Ban Na Khaen, they found him clothed and lying face up on his bed, with the TV, fan and light all left on. “The body was already in an advanced state of decomposition,” said Pol Capt Seksan, adding that it had filled the room with a strong scent of decay.
A medical examiner from Si Wilai Hospital estimated that Mr Checketts had been dead for at least five days before he was found. “The bed sheet underneath his body was soaked in lymph fluid,” said an investigator who was at the scene of discovery.
At this point of the investigation, police are still unable to determine what caused Mr Checketts’s death, but they have ruled out foul play. “There were no signs of a struggle or other evidence that might indicate that a crime had taken place,” Pol Capt confirmed. “We have to wait for the autopsy result before we can come to any conclusion.”
A spokesman from the Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with the Thai police following the death of a British man in Bungkarn province.”
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