A retired police officer from the US was found dead in his Phuket home on Tuesday afternoon. Local police are investigating the case.
“We received a call from a woman at about 14:30. She claimed to be the ex-girlfriend of a man whom she found dead in his house,” Pol Lt Wipawan Watnguentanong from Mueang Provincial Police Station in Phuket told local media. “She also told us his name: Ronald Barfield, 59.”
The address of the house in which Mr Barfield had reportedly died was 90/32 Mu 4 in Koh Kaew subdistrict of Phuket province. A quiet area on the east-side of the island with the beach nearby.
Police arrived shortly later to find Ms Yupin Ocharot, 39, in front of Mr Barfield’s house. Ms Yupin, who came from Kapoe district in Ranong province, told police that she and the foreign man used to be in a relationship, but had separated years ago.
“She had arrived at the house but was frightened to enter after realising the odour emanating from within,” Pol Lt Wipawan quoted Mr Barfield’s ex-girlfriend. She then contacted the owner of the house, Saruda Chuaychana, 40, to inspect the situation.
According to Ms Yupin, Mr Barfield had lived in the house for “two to three years”. She also mentioned she was aware that he was suffering from high blood pressure, but did not know if he had any other conditions.
Pol Lt Wipawan estimated that Mr Barfield had been dead for at least three days before his body was found. No signs of a struggle could be found on the man’s body, the investigator told Thai media.
Mr Barfield’s body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket for further medical examination.
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