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Foreigner found dead off Koh Pha Ngan with rocks in backpack

SURAT THANI: Forensic experts in Bangkok will try to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of an unidentified Westerner found in the water off Koh Pha Ngan with a backpack filled with rocks.

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Bangkok Post

Monday 31 October 2016, 09:29AM


Five rocks were found in the backpack of a man found dead off Koh Pha Ngan last Thursday (Oct 27). Photo: Supapong Chaolan
Five rocks were found in the backpack of a man found dead off Koh Pha Ngan last Thursday (Oct 27). Photo: Supapong Chaolan

The man’s body is being sent from Surat Thani to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Bangkok after he was found drifting off the popular resort island last Thursday (Oct 27).

Apichart Boonsriroj, the Surat Thani police commander, requested the forensic examination after police in Koh Pha Ngan district were unable to reach a conclusion on the cause of death or identify the deceased.

The man, believed to be a European, was found in the Gulf of Thailand about 500 metres off the island last Thursday. He was wearing blue shorts and was shirtless. He was also wearing a backpack with five rocks among the items found inside.

Col Kusol Pankerd, a deputy superintendent with the Koh Pha Ngan Police Station, said last Thursday that the man may have been dead for up to five days.

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Maj Gen Apichart said there was no conclusive evidence of the cause of his death and did not rule out homicide.

The rocks inside the backpack could have been used to add weight for diving, but they could also have been used by a killer to weigh the body down, he added.

Police on Koh Pha Ngan are asking all resorts to review their guest registers to determine if anyone is unaccounted for.

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Sue Yu2 | 31 October 2016 - 16:13:53

And this guy's a police Commander?! Ting tong mahk. 

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Kurt | 31 October 2016 - 14:18:43

Guess that genius police officer never heard of diving BCD's to adjust your buoyancy.
Amazing what nonsense they they talk sometimes just for their moment of ( fame) talking.
Hahahaha

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malczx7r | 31 October 2016 - 13:04:01

Why didn't i think of that, no need for expensive lead weights, plus with the backpack on your bag, no room for expensive air bottles as well, genius!

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Ed Sanders | 31 October 2016 - 11:53:03

Thanks goodness that Apichart Boonsriroj, the Surat Thani police commander, is on this case, as he is a complete genius.  All by himself, he suggested that "The rocks inside the backpack could have been used to add weight for diving".  Why of course... I frequenlty go diving with friends, and we all fill our backpacks with rocks...diving is so much more challenging like that.  But, in another stroke of genius, he stated that "...they could also have been used by a killer to weigh the body down".  Hmmm... I never would have thought of that.

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