Korean man found dead in Phuket parking lot

Korean man found dead in Phuket parking lot

PHUKET: The body of a South Korean executive was found with his head wrapped in plastic inside a pickup truck in Muang district on Friday, according to police.

Pol Lt Col Narong Muangduang, investigation chief at tambon Vichit station, yesterday said police inspected the truck in the car park of Golden Triangle Been Co after they were alerted on Friday at about 11.40am. Police suspect the man, 40, committed suicide.

The body of the South Korean man, whose name was withheld, was found in the driver's seat. He was wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, and his head was covered by a plastic bag secured in place with adhesive tape wrapped around the victim's neck.

Police said a tube, connected to a nitrogen gas tank located at the bed of the truck, was inserted into the vehicle with the end attached to the plastic bag. Police also found a letter written in Korean inside the vehicle.

An official at the South Korean consular office in Phuket translated the document, which turned out to be a letter of apology addressed to the man's family and girlfriend. It said he had tried his best but did not succeeded, and he wanted to take a rest.

Security camera footage showed the man had driven from his house in the tambon to Golden Triangle Been Co, where he worked as a marketing manager, about 7.35am on Friday. After parking the truck, the man got out to smoke a cigarette. He then returned to the vehicle. Police said the man might have been suffering from stress. His body was sent to the Vachira Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

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