A 59-year-old Australian man was found dead in a rental room in Pattaya yesterday afternoon by a housekeeper who called Pattaya Police. His head was reportedly covered with a plastic bag and his hands were tied with a cable tie.
Lieutenant Colonel Nitat Wanepradap of The Pattaya City Police was notified of the incident at 4:30 PM at an apartment in Pattaya.
Police, emergency responders and The Pattaya News arrived at the room to find the body of the man lying on a bed on his back. (His name was withheld by the Pattaya News pending embassy and family notification.)
His head was covered with a plastic bag and fastened around his neck with a cable tie. His hands were also tied with a cable tie.
No bruises were found on his body and there was no sign of a struggle inside the room. There was no evidence of valuables having been taken, according to Pattaya Police.
Police checked CCTV footage which reportedly showed nobody else had entered his room between the period of his death and the discovery of his body. It was noted that a safe and a seven computer monitor setup were in the room, neither appeared to be disturbed.
The housekeeper who first discovered the body, told police the man had lived at the apartment for almost three years.
At this stage police believed that the man may have killed himself. However, the exact cause of death is still being identified and police are examining the circumstances behind the death.