A 59-year-old Canadian man was discovered dead in the bathroom of his Udon Thani house on Monday, Thai language news website Khaosod reported.
In the morning of June 27, officers from Mueang Udon Thani Provincial Police Station were called to a gated community in the province’s Ban Chan subdistrict. They responded to a call from a Thai woman who said she had found the dead body of her Canadian husband.
Thomas Munk, 59, was lying face down and naked on the tiled bathroom floor of his Thanadon Home Place residence. Police did not find any visible injuries or signs of foul play. A physician from Udon Thani Hospital who arrived along with police officers estimated the man had been dead for at least 24 hours.
Mrs Montagan Lorn, the 48-year-old wife of the deceased, said that she had discovered the body when she returned from a seminar in neighbouring Khon Kaen province. Before informing the police, she called a friend who both tried to render first aid. However, when they noticed the body was stiff, they realised that he had been dead for some time already.
Further interrogation by the police revealed that Mr Munk had been suffering from a series of health conditions, including hypertension, an acid reflux disease and asthma-like symptoms. Mrs Montagan said that she would often beg him to get medical treatment at the hospital but Mr Munk always declined and rather medicated himself with drugs from the pharmacy.
Whenever his conditioned worsened, she continued, Mr Munk would take long showers in the bathroom to cool himself down. As soon as he felt better, he would return.
Mrs Montagan also told investigators that she, while she was out of town, had talked to Mr Munk over the phone on several occasions. When she called him again Sunday evening, however, she failed to contact him.
The couple had been living inside the comfortable house after Mr Munk had bought the place two years earlier. Police investigated the rooms and collected a plastic bag of cannabis and a piece of opium as evidence.
An initial report named Mr Munk’s worsened health condition as the most likely cause of death. A thorough examination will be conducted at Udon Thani Hospital.
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