THE body of a well-dressed foreign man, who died 2 weeks ago, was found at a jungle in northeastern Udon Thani province this morning (Aug. 6, 2018), the Thai-language daily Matichon reported.
At 9 a.m. today policemen from Mueang Udon Thani station, a doctor from Udon Thani Hospital and rescuers went to check the foreigner’s body which was found at a 5-rai jungle off Wattananuwong road.
At this jungle where there were 2 makeshift sheds used by 3 vagabonds they found the unidentified man of around 40 to 50 years of age lying supine next to the fence.
He was wearing a black jacket, a black T-shirt, jeans and black sneakers. On his waist was a tattoo of 2 skulls. His neck and ankles were bound by yellow rubber cords and both upper and lower teeth were broken.
Found near the body was a canvas wallet holding 20 baht and some coins, a Samsung mobile phone together with a charger, a Sony MP3 player, a tour ticket for foreigners issued on Koh Samui, a key and 1 packet of cigarettes.
Mr San Khamkanya, 25, a worker at a cushion factory next to this jungle, said when he opened the factory this morning he got a bad smell as if of a dead animal, so he took some colleagues to search. When they reached the rear of the factory the smell got worse, and so he took a ladder to climb up and look over the fence, and was shocked to see the dead body so called the police.
Mr Nathawut Kwanpatcha 24, a worker at a rice shop nearby, said many months ago 3 drug addicted tramps, 2 men and 1 woman, moved in to live in this jungle. They earned a bit of money by collecting old things to sell, but about a week ago they disappeared.
Pol Lt. Col Sithiporn Tharakulthip, deputy head for investigation at Muaeng Udon Thani station, said it is not certain whether the dead man is the same person mentioned in the tour ticket, which could be something the 3 tramps had collected. Since he was well-dressed, he was certainly not one of them.
Police are now hunting for the 3 vagabonds and checking CCTV footage in the area.
Top: Policemen look at the body of the dead foreign man found in the Udon Thani jungle. Photo: Matichon
In-text: The dead man’s belongings found near his body. Photo: Matichon