KANCHANABURI – Pol Capt Somboon Pattrawongwiset, deputy investigation chief at Sai Yok police station in Kanchanaburi Province reported a rescue team had recovered the body of an Irishman,Robert Lytle, 51, who was reported missing by his Thai girlfriend two days ago.
His body was found floating in the Kwai Noi river in Sai Yok district after two days of searching.
On Tuesday morning, Suphaphansa Pornkhunthod, 35, informed Panachkorn Pothibandhit, chief of the Sai Yok National Park, that her companion Robert Lytle, had disappeared from a raft-house the had rented on the Kwai Noi River.
Ms Suphaphansa said they traveled to Sai Yok district and stayed at the raft-house on Aug 27th. On that day, they had a quarrel and she left him at the raft-house to stay overnight elsewhere.
When she returned the next morning the Lytle had disappeared, she said.
On learning of his disappearance, park officials and rescuers of the Pithakkan Foundation launched a search. They found no traces of him in the search on Tuesday and Wednesday.
At about 8.20am this morning, villagers working on a raft-house about 30 kilometers from where the Irish man stayed downstream found a body floating near their raft.
They informed the search team which managed to pluck the body from the water. The man was wearing only a pair of boxer shorts and his appearance matched the description given by Ms Suphaphansa said Pol Capt Somboon Pattrawongwiset, deputy investigation chief at Sai Yok police station.
The body was taken to Sai Yok Hospital for examination by doctors and forensic police.
Ms Suphaphansa, who was back home in Bangkok, was on the way to Kanchanaburi to identify the body after being informed of the discovery.
The body would be sent for autopsy at the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Police General Hospital in Bangkok.
Pol Capt Somboon Pattrawongwiset said the Kanchanaburi police would investigate to establish the cause of the Irishman’s death.