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A body with dragon tattoos of an unidentified man was found in a small creek in Thalang district Wednesday morning.
Pol Lt Col Watcharin Jirattikalwiwat, an interrogator of Thachatchai police station, said he was alerted about the body of the unidentified man at 8:45 am.
Watcharin rushed to the scene with Pol Lt Col Kittisak Noophueng, a scientific expert of the Phuket Scientific Crime Detection Office and rescuers of the Kusoltham Phuket Foundation.
The body was found lying on his back under the shallow water in the creek running along the Ban Sakhu-Sirinart National Park Road in Moo 3 village in Tambon Sakhu. The creek was lower than the road by about two meters.
Watcharin said the man appeared to be about 170-175 centimeters tall and appeared to be about 25 to 30 years old. He wore beard and did not put on a shirt. He was wearing blue jeans without shoes.
There were dragon tatoos on his chest and left shoulder.
His head and neck was hit with a sharp and hard object and his left ear had a severe cut. Police did not find any identification card. There were Bt200 banknotes in his trousers’ pocket.
Watcharin said the man apparently died about six hours before the body was found. A plastic bag was found near the body and a big cardboard was found on the roadside. Police took them as evidences and the body was sent to the Thalang Hospital for an autopsy.
Local residents did not know the man. Watcharin said the assailants might not be native people either because they apparently expected that the creek would have had a high tide to wash away the body.