Nord Per Ove
In rural Ubon Ratchathani, a 51-year old Swedish national committed suicide by slashing his wrist and legs. He bled to death in his hotel.
Pol Maj Sadet Gaeosingtong, an investigator at Mueang Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Police Station assigned to the case said a housemaid reported the gruesome finding. At around 15:00, a team of police officers, emergency physicians and rescue volunteers were sent to the hotel where the incident took place.
Pol Maj Sadet Gaeosingtong declined from revealing the name of the hotel to the media, but said it was located Nai Mueang subdistrict of Ubon Ratchathani province. On the second floor of the hotel, police tried to gain access to room number 224 and ended up having to break it down because it was locked from the inside.
Once inside the room, police found the lifeless body of Mr Nord Per Ove, 51, from Sweden. He was lying face-up on his bed wearing a grey t-shirt and navy blue jeans. While examining the body, police noticed deep lacerations on Mr Ove’s wrist and both legs. The sheets and the clothes he was wearing were saturated with blood.
In the same room, police also found what they believed to be the instrument used to effect this apparent suicide: a blood-stained razor blade. No items had been stolen, and no signs of a struggle were visible. An emergency physician from Sunpasitthiprasong Hospital estimated Mr Ove had been dead for around 12 hours.
Police interviewed the maid who had informed the police of the death. She said that Mr Ove had checked in into the hotel on December 5 and the last time she saw him was two days later at around 11:00 when he was paying to stay for another night.
When Mr Ove failed to check out on December 9, a hotel employee made several calls to his room but without success. Later, a maid went up to his room and knocked. As she did not hear any noises inside the room, she used her master key to open the door. However, the door had been locked and chained from the inside, preventing her from entering.
Through the crack in the door, she was able to see part of the room. “That’s when she saw a lot of blood and decided to call us,” Pol Maj Sadet said. No suicide note was found in the room and the body has been sent by rescue workers to Sunpasitthiprasong Hospital for further examination.
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