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Swedish man found dead in Rayong hotel

A 54-year-old Swedish tourist was found dead in his room of a Rayong hotel Thursday afternoon, police said.

Pol Lt Thawat Norsiha, an officer on duty of Muang Rayong police station, said the tourist was identified as Mac Johan who stayed at the Star Plaza Hotel in Tambon Thapradu for seven days.

rayongThawat was alerted of the death by a hotel staff at 3 pm Thursday.  He dispatched police and officials of Sawang Porn Kusol Foundation and Doctor Wiphaporn Laopakdee of the Rayong Provincial Hospital to inspect the scene.

Johan was staying alone at the room No 448 on the fourth floor of the hotel.

Thawat said police did not find any foul play sign in the room. The body was found on the floor with his chin resting on the bed. He was wearing shorts and no shirt. Police found seven empty whisky bottles and many empty beer cans in the room.

The doctor said the man had apparently died 24 hours earlier.

Withoon Boonprasert, 50, a hotel staff, found the body.

Withoon told police that Johan had been staying at the hotel for seven days but he had never gone downstairs for meals and he had not paid his room yet.

On the seventh day of Johan’s stay, Withoon was sent to knock the room’s door but no one answered his knock. So, he used a spare key to open the room to find the body.

Rayong Police chief Pol Maj Gen Chumpol Chanthajamrassilp said police found that the room was also locked with a door chain inside that was apparently done by the tourist himself.

Chumpol said there was no trace of fighting so he might accidentally fall and kill himself.

The tourist’s body was sent for an autopsy at the Police Hospital’s Forensic Medicine Institute in Bangkok.

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