POLICE are investigating the mystery death of a 56-year-old German man whose body was found a Pattaya public park with a belt strapped to his neck and blisters on his legs, Thai News Agency reported today (Jan. 5).
At 10 am this morning Pol. Maj. Gen. Chetha Komonwatthana and Pol. Maj. Gen. Amphon Buarapporn, deputy heads of Provincial Police Region 2, and Pol. Col. Apichai Korbpetch, the head of Pattaya police station, took a team of investigators, forensic police and doctors from Banglamung hospital to check the body of the German man found at a lane in Khao Phra Yai park.
Aside from a belt strapped to his neck and blistered legs seemingly burnt, they also found a travel bag with clothes and documents which indicated his identity, but no valuables.
Nearby were 2 opened bottles of methanol which is used in construction and some medicine, all of which was kept as evidence.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chetha said the deceased German man came to Pattaya on Dec. 23 and that they are checking who he was staying with.
However, there were no signs of a struggle at the spot where his body was found nor on his body. Police are working on this case to determine whether it was murder or suicide, and will check CCTV footage and question people nearby about his death.
Top: Police checking the area where the German man’s body was found this morning. Photo: Thai News Agency