Only a few hours after checking in into a hostel in Chiang Mai, an American tourist hanged himself in one of the dormitories. Police believe alcoholism played a role in the apparent suicide.
A maid working at the hostel found the body of Samuel Frederic, 38, late on Thursday evening on February 22. Phu Ping Ratchaniwet Provincial Police Station did not name the hostel in question; merely stating that it was on Nimmana Haeminda Rd in Chiang Mai’s Suthep subdistrict.
Pol Lt Col Eganok Chaiwong told Thai media representatives: “We found the body in one of the dorms. He was hanging from the top part of a bunk bed with a bag strap around his neck.” Police uncovered five empty liquor bottles in Mr Frederic’s bag. Police have stated that they are not looking for any suspects. For this reason, they believe that the deceased, who lived in the US state of Oklahoma, committed suicide.
Staff at the hostel told investigators that Mr Frederic had arrived at the property alone on Thursday afternoon. According to the Thai-language news website Thairath, he checked in into a second floor dormitory which, at that time, had no other guests.
Asked about possible reasons for the suicide, Pol Lt Col Eganok speculated that Mr Frederic might have taken his life due to an alcohol problem or a severe depression. “However,” he admitted, “there is no way for us to say for sure what had driven him to commit suicide.”
Police ordered Mr Frederic’s body to be sent to the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for an autopsy. The US Consulate in Chiang Mai has been informed of the death and is “assisting Mr Frederic’s family in the repatriation process of his remains,” a spokesperson said.
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