CHONBURI – Police were called to Northshore Condominium on Soi 5 off Pattaya’s Beach Road in tambon Nong Prue of Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri, after shirtless Norwegian man was found hanging from the rooftop at about 10am.
Upon there arrival they found the body of the 69-year-old man hanging by a nylon rope around his neck against the outside wall of the high-rise, 3-4 meters below the rooftop. The other end of the rope was tied to a fire hydrant.
It took Police and rescue workers about three hours to retrieve the body, which was dressed only in a pair of shorts. Police also found a letter written in Norwegian and two chopping blocks, one with a meter-long steel pipe attached to it, on the rooftop.
Police later identified the victim as Max Holden, a Norwegian who had lived on the 23rd floor of the North Condominium on Pattaya beach front in Bang Lamung district.
According to Thai PBS, Pattaya police said the one-meter-long steel pipe had apparently been turned into an improvised gun.
It was suspected that the victim, who was reportedly married to a Thai, went up to roof deck on the 31st floor, tied a rope around his neck, shot himself with the improvised gun and threw him down.
Police thought it might be a suicide, but were investigating further.
By Chaiyot Pupattanapong
The Bangkok Post