Southern Thailand: Family shocked to find body preserved in ice

Photo courtesy of Sanook

Rescue workers were startled to discover a corpse preserved in ice, akin to salted mackerel after being called to inject formalin due to the smell and bloating. The body had been kept in ice for four days.

Yesterday, the Facebook page of Oat Chantra, a rescue worker from the Phutthabucha Lansuan Rescue Unit, shared images of the event. The post included photographs of rescue workers handling a corpse that had been preserved in ice. A family had contacted them, requesting help to inject formalin into the body due to an emerging odour.

Social media users were quick to react, questioning why the body was preserved in ice in such a manner.

Oat Chantra, a Lansuan Rescue worker, explained that preserving bodies in ice was a method used 30 to 40 years ago. Nowadays, cold coffins are the standard. Upon receiving the call, the rescue team travelled to Lansuan District in Chumphon Province.

The family informed them that the body had been kept for four days and requested the injection of formalin due to the smell. Upon inspection, the body was found to be bloated. The family intended to keep the body for an additional two nights before the cremation ceremony, reported Sanook.

“The family called us for help because the body had started to smell. We were shocked to find it preserved in ice, reminiscent of old methods used decades ago.”

In related news, the lifeless body of a two year old boy was discovered inside a refrigerator in the bedroom of his adoptive parents. An autopsy report found a lump of sticky rice lodged in the boy’s windpipe, leading to his untimely demise. This finding corroborates the testimonies of his adoptive parents and a blind man who had given the child the sticky rice to eat.

In other news, the grim discovery of a naked woman with no hands was made under the Udon Ratthaya motorway in the Mueang district of Pathum Thani on June 5.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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