Foreigner sought after Pattaya woman's death plunge

Foreigner sought after Pattaya woman's death plunge

Rescue workers try in vain to save the life of a naked woman who fell from a condominium in Pattaya early Saturday. Police are looking for a foreign man seen with her before she died. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
Rescue workers try in vain to save the life of a naked woman who fell from a condominium in Pattaya early Saturday. Police are looking for a foreign man seen with her before she died. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

PATTAYA: Police are looking for a foreigner who was last seen with a woman before she fell to her death in the nude from a condominium room in Pattaya.

The woman, later identified as Wannipha Chanhuathon, 26, worked in a beer bar on Soi 6 off Pattaya Sai Song Road. She was found seriously injured on the road near the Cozy Beach Condomium in tambon Nong Prue of Bang Lamung district when police arrived after being alerted at 5am Saturday.

She had multiple fractures to her legs and arms. Rescue workers gave her first aid, but she later succumbed to the injuries. An empty pack of energy gel was found at the scene.

Pol Col Apichai Krobpet, chief of Pattaya police, met with investigators on Friday to discuss what they had learned.

An investigation found that a foreign man had had a quarrel with his girlfriend before going out to the bar where Ms Wannipha worked. He arranged to pay her for sex and took her to a condominium, where she later fell to her death, police said.

Police found used condoms, clothes and some pieces of evidence suggesting that the two had had sex before her fatal plunge. 

However, investigators have not concluded whether the foreigner had been involved in the death. The name of the man is known but has been withheld as releasing it might affect the case, said a source.

Kriangsak Khammahachai, 23, a security guard at the condominium, told police he heard a loud thud while he was sitting in the entrance booth. He rushed to check and found the woman lying in a pool of blood. He immediately alerted police.

Police initially assumed the woman might have fallen from a room on the fifth floor of the high-rise building. They inspected the room but found nobody there.


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