Rolf Werner Ruegg
Police in Phuket are investigating the sudden death of a Swiss national whose body was found on Tuesday with no hint of what had caused it.
The body of Rolf Werner Ruegg, 81, was found by his housemaid, Chonticha Jarunai, on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 25. “He lay dead on his bed wearing a yellow vest and blue shorts”, she told Pol Lt Chanad Hongsitichaigun, the lead investigator at Chalong Provincial Police Station.
According to Pol Lt Chanad, Ms Chonticha last saw the Swiss national when they were both having dinner together at his house at 35/138 Luang Por Chaem Rd in Phuket’s Chalong subdistrict at around 21:00 on Saturday, April 22. “He looked fit and healthy,” the housemaid said.
Ms Chonticha had become concerned after sending several text messages to Mr Ruegg which went unanswered. “She told us that she had texted him at 21:00 on Saturday and at 20:30 on Monday afternoon,” Pol Lt Chanad said.
After receiving no answer to a third text message sent on Tuesday at 14:50, she decided to check up on him only to find his motionless body on his bed. She called the police and contacted Mr Ruegg’s wife, 58-year-old Nom Saengurai, who had been visiting her family in Phatthalung province to celebrate the birth of her grandchild.
“We briefly examined the body but couldn’t find any obvious signs of violence or injury,” Pol Lt Chanad told reporters. “No objects of value were missing.” Police estimated death had occurred at least two days prior to his body being found.
Phuket Ruamjai Rescue Foundation volunteers took Mr Ruegg’s body to Vachira Phuket Hospital. “We’re now waiting for the autopsy report to find out the cause of death,” Pol Lt Chanad said.
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