Krabi Provincial Police Chief Col Somchai Suetortrakul reported that officers were called to the scene, the base of the 50-metre Khao Toh Luang cliff face, just north of Ao Nang, at 10am yesterday (Mar 3).
At the scene, the officers found the body of Nantawan Freja, 55. A climbing rope was still tied around her waist. The rope was connected to a climbing pin some 30m up the cliff face, Col Somchai explained.
Nearby were bags containing clothes, rock-climbing rope, cash in different currencies and Ms Freja’s Swedish driving license, he added.
Mr Freja’s body was found by local residents, who called the police, Col Somchai explained. Officers believe Ms Freja had died at least 12 hours before her body was found.
Ms Freja’s body was taken to Krabi Provincial Hospital for further examination while police continue their investigation, Col Somchai said.
Ao Nang Police Station Chief Aphichart Jinapen explained that Ms Freja, originally from Kanchanaburi, was married to a Swedish man. The couple had one son and lived in Sweden, but also had a three-story townhouse in Ao Nang.
“Ms Nantawan’s husband and son came to the police station to acknowledge her death at 3pm [yesterday],” Capt Aphichart said.
“They did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances involved in her death,” he said.
“At this stage, we believe that Ms Nantawan fell from the cliff face, but we have not concluded yet whether it was an accident or otherwise,” Capt Apihichart noted.
“We are still questioning witnesses and waiting for the post-mortem report from the hospital,” he added.