Phangan Island, Surat Thani –
A body was found on Phangan Island and is believed to be a missing Russian man.
Yesterday, (October 12th), the Phangan Police were notified from a Myanmar national who was exploring a wooded area that human remains were found in a thick forest near the Kee Rad Hill which is one kilometer from the Phangan Hospital.
Police and medical staffers arrived at the scene in the forest to find the badly decayed remains of a man. No signs of a struggle or physical altercation was found on his body. Police believed that the man died at least one month before his body was recovered. Police also believed the man had been mentally ill and possibly in psychosis and became lost and confused in the jungle, eventually passing away from dehydration.
Friends of the missing man later came to the Phangan Police Station. They reportedly confirmed that the man was the 30-year-old Russian friend based on initial review of the evidence (The Phuket Express is withholding his full name pending final identification).
The friends had previously filed a report to police that the man had been missing from the Phangan Hospital while he was being treated for mental illness, having fled the hospital.
However, a DNA test has to be conducted to fully identify the body of the man.