PHUKET – Police are investigating the death of a 49 year-old New Zealand man who was found hanged in the bathroom of a Patong hotel room last Monday.
Police and rescue workers were called to the Deevana Plaza Hotel at approximately 3:30pm, to find the body Darrin John Pakenham, 49, from Auckland, hanged with a belt around his neck inside the bathroom.
Police reported that there were no signs of a struggle and that his body was transported to Patong Hospital for autopsy.
Pakenham’s family raised the alert when they were unable to contact him. Staff went to check the man’s room and discovered him hanging in the bathroom.
Mr Pakenham checked in at the hotel on May 11 and was booked to stay until May 20, officers noted.
His passport and iPhone were still in the room, and B2,120 in cash and a small amount in Malaysian currency remained in his wallet.
Police noted that they have yet to conclude their investigation, and were waiting on doctors at Patong Hospital to confirm the cause of death.
Source: Phuket News, The Nation