Dead ‘western’ tourists are found floating in the sea with a rock tied around Thailand’s neck
- The man, whose nationality is not yet known, was found yesterday afternoon
- Shocked residents found him floating in the sea off the coast of Sin City
- The “heavily minded man in his fifties” had been dead for up to two days, police said
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A ‘western’ tourist was found floating in the sea with an 8kg rock tied around his neck off the coast of Pattaya, Eastern Thailand.
The man, whose nationality is not yet known, was found yesterday afternoon at 1.30 p.m. local time (6.30 p.m. GMT).
Shocked residents called the police at the crime-ridden Sin City resort and considered whether the man was killed by being thrown from a boat with the stone attached to it, making him unable to swim in safety.
They said the heavily minded man was in his fifties and had been dead for one to two days.
Officers consider whether he had tied the rock to his neck before being pushed off a boat
The man, whose nationality is not yet known, was found yesterday afternoon at 13:30 local time off the coast of Sin City
Officers also consider whether he had tied the rock to his neck before being pushed off a boat, causing him to drown.
Captain Nakhonrat Nontseelard of the Pattaya police said: “We don’t know how the man died, but an autopsy should give us a better idea.
“If he was pushed into the water, he wouldn’t be able to swim. That would be murder. ”
The victim was found in the sea about 300 meters off the coast of Koh Larn, a small island popular with tourists.
Photographs of the scene show that he was wearing blue jeans, gray slippers and a gray shirt.
A black leather backpack with a telephone charging cable, neck pillow, belt and various personal items, also found with the man.
The police said the heavily minded man was in his fifties and had been dead for one to two days
Shocked residents called the police at the crime-ridden Sin City resort after seeing the man in the sea
The police said it was possible that he tied the rock around his neck before leaping into the sea from a pier.
The decomposing corpse would then have risen to the surface.
Police Captain Nontseelard added: “The man could have been dead before he was thrown into the sea and the rock tried to hide the body. Each option will be considered.
“If anyone knows that a tourist is missing, he should contact the police with all the information he has.”
Thanonchai Rienpreecha, one of the paramedics from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation who attended the scene, said: “The strange man lay face down with a rope to tie his neck and attach it to a large stone.
“There is no clear cause of death, but a forensic investigation will show whether he died drowning or was first killed and then thrown into the sea.”