After not hearing from his tenant for a week, the owner of an apartment in central Chiang Mai found the body of a 79-year-old man from New Zealand on the bed surrounded by a pool of blood.
Pol Lt Pirawad Chaisomsri of Mueang Chiang Mai Provincial Police Station confirmed the death in a report published by Thairath on Monday. The previous evening, the owner of an apartment at the Galare Thong Tower at 472 Chang Klan Rd in Mueang Chiang Mai district had contacted the police and reported the death of the tenant of the apartment, 79-year-old Warwick Ernest Purser from New Zealand.
Pol Lt Pirawad, who heads the investigation as deputy inspector of the investigation department, along with additional police officers arrived at apartment no. 1205 on the 12th floor of the condominium at 19:30 the same evening to investigate the death. Medical examiners from Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital supported the officers.
“We found Mr Purser’s body on the bed in the bedroom,” Pol Lt Pirawad revealed. “There was a lot of blood. However, we did not find any visible injuries and could not yet determine the cause of his death.” Mr Purser was wearing a black t-shirt and brown shorts, Pol Lt Pirawad added.
After questioning the owner of the apartment who was not named by Thairath, police learned that Mr Purser had been renting the room for more than six years. “He stayed alone and, to my knowledge, did not have any relatives in Thailand.”
The owner told police that he had last seen Mr Purser about a week earlier. “He was not worried at first since he knew Mr Purser as a person who usually kept to himself,” Pol Lt Pirawad elaborated. “However, when he noticed that he had not seen him for several days, he used a spare key to gain access to the room to check on him and then found his lifeless body on the bed.”
Rescue workers brought Mr Purser’s body to the Department of Forensic Pathology at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. After an autopsy has been performed to determine Mr Purser’s cause of death, police will coordinate with the New Zealand Embassy who will then contact his next of kin, Pol Lt Pirawad said.