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Body of Moldavian Tourist Found Dead in Sea Off the Island Koh Tao Sent to Bangkok for Thorough Autopsy

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SURAT THANI – Provincial Police have sent the body of a Moldavian tourist found dead on Koh Tao to Police General Hospital for a thorough autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The body of Alexandr Bucspun, 33, was airlifted by a police helicopter from Koh Phangan to the Provincial Police Region 8 on the mainland in Phunphin district on Wednesday afternoon. A van belonging to Satta Surat Thani Foundation, a rescue volunteer group, then took the body to the hospital in Bangkok.

Bucspun was found dead in the sea off Had Sai Ree on Koh Tao on Tuesday afternoon. The body was later sent for a preliminary autopsy at Koh Phangan Hospital in Koh Phangan district.

Provincial police chief Pol Maj Gen Apichart Boonsrirote said on Wednesday a detailed autopsy would be conducted at Police General Hospital.

Police have not yet concluded the cause of death and investigators are on Koh Tao to collect more evidence and interrogate witnesses, he added.

According to the Bangkok Post, Bucspun arrived in Thailand at Suvarnabhumi airport alone on Sept 26 and checked in at Monsoon Gym and Fight Club on Koh Tao on Sunday.

Aran Klaewklong, a security guard from Big Blue Diving, said he found a mobile phone, clothes, a hotel key, shoes and an ID on the beach at 1.30am on Tuesday during his routine patrol. When he returned to the same spot at 3am, the items were still there and he decided to alert police. The items belonged to the Moldovan.

Police checked the room at the boxing gym where he was staying and found nothing suspicious.

By Supapong Chaolan