UPDATE: Body of foreigner found dead in Phuket is US man


The foreigner’s body that was found in waters off Yanui Beach in Phuket’s main city district yesterday morning has been named as US citizen John Joseph Sheridan.

The 74 year old’s body was discovered floating in the water after he apparently fell on sharp rocks and bled to death.

Fisherman found Sheridan, from Pennsylvania, floating on the rocky part of the shore in Windmill Viewpoint in Phuket.

It took lifeguards about two hours to pull the decomposing body of the tourist ashore after being estimated dead for seven days.

His body was lying face down, his face stuck in between the rocks, while his legs were folded. There were worms all over the man’s body, his skin was swelling, and bones were sticking out.

Officers found a hotel key card and a South Korean residency card on him.

He was wearing a Heineken beer logo shirt and green shorts with a fanny pack that held his passport and 30,000 baht in cash.

Chalong Police Chief Colonel Karat Plaidueng reported that the body was found in the water among the rocks in front of a viewing deck, just north of Yanui Beach.

‘We believe he fell from the viewing deck and hit the sharp rocks below before bleeding to death. CCTV around the area would be checked in an ongoing investigation.”

SOURCE: Daily Mail


A foreigner’s body was found in waters off Yanui Beach in Phuket’s main city district this morning. Even though police found an American passport with the body, they stressed that they have not yet officially identified the man. The passport is for a 73 year old man.

Police also found Thai and Korean cash with the body, as well as a key for a resort at Nai Harn Beach. Police said the man had been dead for at least seven days, and the body had already started to decompose. The body was taken to the district’s Vachira Hospital for final identification. Authorities will then contact the appropriate embassy and the man’s family.

A man fishing near Yanui Beach first spotted the body and tipped off Chalong Police about it. Rescuers then went out on jet skis to collect the body. Footage of the rescuers bringing the body back to shore has circled on social media.

Another body was found in Thailand earlier this week in the northern province of Chiang Mai. The body belonged to a Thai-Belgian tourist who went missing after a white water rafting accident on Friday. The man, 30 year old Nicolas Hinckxt, fell off a rubber dinghy while rafting with two of his friends in the Mae Taeng River.

Earlier this month, a hotel maid discovered a Canadian man’s body in a grass field in Pattaya. The man was identified as 79 year old Glenn. Glenn had come to Thailand on July 6 to see his partner who lives in Chaiyaphum province, when he suddenly disappeared.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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