Police in Chiang Mai conjecture that a Finnish man experienced a severe panic attack causing him to jump out of a sixth floor window in his hotel on Tuesday afternoon.
The body of Pekka Laine, from Finland, was lying on the concrete floor next to the Arcade Inn hotel in Chiang Mai’s Wat Ket subdistrict when police from Mae Ping Provincial Police Station arrived on the scene. Mr Laine, in his 30’s, was found dead with his face down in a pool of blood from head wounds. Preliminary details surrounding his death are sketchy, but hotel employees told investigators that Mr Laine had checked into the hotel at around 13:20 on the day of his death carrying nothing but a backpack.
“He stayed alone in his room throughout the afternoon,” Pol Capt Gesha Netchang told reporters. Four hours later, at 17:05, a female employee heard a sound of something heavy falling to the ground, prompting her to rush out. “She then saw Mr Laine lying about three metres next to the hotel building,” continued Pol Capt Gesha, “but he was already dead.”
Police inspected room no. 607 where the Mr Laine had been staying, but found no signs of a struggle nor any evidence indicating that a crime had taken place. “However,” Pol Capt Gesha said, “a window in the corridor on the sixth floor had been opened. We assume Mr Laine leapt from this window.”
Asked for a possible reason for Mr Laine’s behaviour, police suggested that he might have had personal problems and did not know how to solve them, leading him to commit suicide. “We assume that he booked the room solely for this purpose,” Pol Capt Gesha concluded.
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