Swiss man found dead in Hua Hin

Swiss man found dead in Hua Hin

Philipp Leonhard Halter found dead in Hua Hin. (Photo by Chaiwat Satyaem)
Philipp Leonhard Halter found dead in Hua Hin. (Photo by Chaiwat Satyaem)

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: A Swiss man was found dead in a ravine in Hua Hin, a well-known seaside resort town of this lower Central province, on Saturday night, police said.

The body was recovered at about 8.20pm after monks from Wat Khao Sanamchai informed the police that they noticed a strong, bad smell around the area near the temple over the past few days.

In a search, a team of police and rescuers from a local charity foundation found the swollen body of a man lying face up in a bamboo forest in the ravine. He was believed to have died several days ago. 

The man was later identified as Philipp Leonhard Halter, 58, a Swiss national. The rescuers spent more than two hours removing the body from the bamboo forest.

Several days earlier, Wilawan Warachina, 42, the Thai wife of the Swiss man, filed a complaint with Hua Hin police, saying that her husband had disappeared from their house in Soi Hua Hin 102 after leaving on a white Yamaha Filano motorcycle. She said her husband was suffering from depression.

The police found the motorcycle on top of a hill overlooking the ravine.

It was initially believed that the man had driven up the hill for a routine sightseeing trip and might have accidentally slipped and fallen from the hilltop down the ravine, about 20-30 metres below.

The body was sent to the Forensic Medicine Institute for examination.

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