CHIANG MAI — Murder has been eliminated by police as a factor in the case of a French national who fell from a balcony and died in Chiang Mai province last night.
The 40-year-old man’s body was found floating at about 7am this morning in a fish pool at his apartment building, where investigators believe he accidentally fell from the balcony of his third-floor room.
“We don’t think [it’s murder], because there was nothing signifying murder. There was no sign of struggle in his room,” said Lt. Col. Somyot Wangwiang of the Chang Puak Police Station, who inspected the scene.
The victim was identified as a French citizen who entered Thailand on a tourist visa and had been staying at the apartment since Oct. 30. Khaosod English is withholding his identity until his next of kin has been notified.
According to Somyot, the Frenchman returned home late last night from a bar. The apartment manager told police he appeared to be drunk at the time. He was later found dead in the morning in the water below his window, Somyot said.
He was killed when he struck a stone in the pond, Somyot said, adding that his body has been sent for autopsy.
The French Consulate in Chiang Mai has been informed of the incident, Somyot said.
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