Trevor Roberts David
Police in Phitsanulok province are puzzled over the death of an elderly British man whose body was found in Nam River on Thursday morning.
Residents of the Nai Mueang subdistrict discovered the body floating on the river close to Wat Tha Maprang temple at around 09:30, Pol Capt Anuwad Watanagarun of Mueang Phitsanulok Provincial Police Station said. Police later identified him as 74-year-old Trevor Roberts David from England.
Volunteers of the Kawpab Rescue Association retrieved the body of the man and brought it to a nearby pier to allow police and a doctor from Naresuan University Hospital to examine the body.
“Mr David was fully dressed wearing black trousers, a white shirt and shoes,” Pol Capt Anuwad told reporters of Phitsanulok Hotnews. “We did not find any bruises or other injuries on his body.” A doctor estimated that Mr David had been dead between two and four hours prior being recovered.
Police checked his pockets and found a driving license bearing his name transcribed into Thai. “We also found 2640 baht in cash, a car key, a watch and a bunch of house keys,” Pol Capt Anuwad, who acts as the lead investigator, said.
While police were examining the body, a woman arrived at the pier who identified herself as the young sister of Mr David’s wife. Puangtong Nuanjan, 59, told police that her brother-in-law had lived in Phitsanulok for more than t years. Before retiring, he reportedly worked as an English teacher in the province. Police confirmed this information in a statement published later that day.
“Ms Puangtong told us that Mr David mostly stayed at his home at 999/11 Mu 3 in Aranyik subdistrict. He sometimes went out to visit his foreign friends who lived nearby.” Police said Ms Puangtong last saw him alive when she was visiting her sister – Mr David’s wife – on Tuesday. “She said there was nothing unusual.”
Police contacted the man’s wife Bratueang David to notify her about the death of her husband. The wife was not aware of his disappearance and the location of his car. The officers planned to question her further.
Investigators said they have yet to establish the cause of death but suspect that Mr David has died of drowning.
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