Police in Chiang Mai are investigating the death of two Chinese nationals who were found in a five-star hotel in what officers believe to be a murder-suicide.
According to The Thaiger>, a maid at the Shangri-La Hotel at 89/8 Changklan Rd in Suthep subdistrict discovered the two bodies after perceiving a foul smell coming from one of the suites on Thursday, June 7. A “do not disturb” sign had been hanging outside the door since June 4, police said.
Pol Lt Tanawad Suwanapum from Mueang Chiang Mai Provincial Police Station said that the decomposed body of one of the men – 30-year-old Dianxiong Qin from Guangdong province – was found in the room’s bed. His neck showed ligature marks, and a 10-meter-long nylon rope was found nearby, leading investigators to believe that he died of strangulation.
The second body was found hanging from the doorknob of the bathroom door. A passport found in the room identified him as Sun Zhengbin>, 29, Pol Lt Tanawad confirmed.
Based on the different stages of decomposition of the two bodies, police believe that Mr Qin died two to three days ago while Mr Zhengbin has been dead for around ten hours before being found by the maid. Police suspect the two friends might have had an argument and one strangled the other and, after contemplating for days, decided to commit suicide.
Mr Qin and Mr Zhengbin had entered Thailand on May 31 on a tourist visa. They were permitted to stay until June 15, police confirmed.
A thorough autopsy has yet to be carried out, TNews reported>.