Sun Zu Xian
An innocent stroll around a swimming pool in the early hours of Wednesday evening ended fatally for a senior Chinese woman whose body was recovered from the hotel pool the following morning.
The discovery of the body was made at by Saranrat Ganuman, a 23-year-old waiter at the Avana Bangkok Hotel in Bangkok’s Bang Na subdistrict. “I had just begun preparing the pool-side tables for the restaurant on the same floor,” Mr Saranrat told police. “when I saw the body of an elderly woman with her face up, floating motionless in the pool. To me, it was clear that she was dead, so I quickly called the police.”
Officers of the forensic police at Bang Na Police Station and leading deputy investigator Pol Capt Paibun Mala arrived at the 9 x 20-metre-pool on the second floor shortly after the body was reported. “While we were recovering the body from the water, we noticed that the floor was wet due to the heavy rainfall that night,” Pol Capt Paibun told journalists.
The victim had been wearing a brown shirt and long black pants: neither of which is considered to be appropriate garb around a pool. According to Pol Capt Paibun, the body did not show any visual signs of violence and there were no indicators that a crime had occurred.
With the help of the hotel staff, police managed to identify the woman as Sun Zu Xian (name transliterated), a 72-year-old tourist from China. Hotel records showed that she had checked in at 19:20 on Tuesday, January 30 with her daughter. They were due to check out of room 702, on the 7th floor, on the day the body was found.
Police have viewed CCTV footage in the area and interviewed witnesses to the scene. “We believe that Ms Zu Xian had come down for a walk around the pool the night before and accidentally slipped on the wet surface or unexpectedly fainted, ending up with her falling into the swimming pool,” stated Capt. Paibun.
Authorities have ordered a post-mortem at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital to establish the actual cause of death. Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy has been notified of Ms Xian’s death.
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