CHIANGRAI – An unidentified foreigner was reported to have committed suicide in a bizarre way, putting his head in a water-filled plastic bag and then sealing it with a copper wire around his neck.
His body was found in a grass field about 300 metres from the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Faa Luang district on Thursday.
A soldier patrolling the area found the body and alerted the police.
There was no identification on the body. Police said the deceased was a Caucasian male, probably aged 25 to 30 years. He had been dead for two to three days.
Police said the dead man’s head was in a plastic bag full of water and secured around his neck with a copper wire.
A preliminary investigation of the scene found no trace of anything that would suggest he had been murdered, police said. There were no signs of a struggle.
Police also found his belongings, a wallet with 600 baht in it, a phone, a tablet PC, and a pocket knife, and a motorcycle neatly covered with a sheet parked near his body. Police believe that the bike was rented.
Police said they had not ruled out murder and were waiting the autopsy results. They would further examine the items found with him in the hope they would provide clues to help identify the man.