Connect with us


Finnish tourist death in Phuket possibly a suicide

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Finnish tourist death in Phuket possibly a suicide | Thaiger

PHUKET: Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a Finnish tourist Veijo Armas Vallius, found dead in his Phuket hotel room last week.

The body of 52-year-old Mr Vallius was discovered in a hotel room in Kamala on December 8.

Somnerk Damkeaw of the Kamala Police told the Gazette today that the body of Mr Vallius remains at the Patong Hospital morgue, as relatives have yet to claim it. His belongings remain in the hotel room where his body was discovered.

“The exact cause of death is still unknown. I’m currently awaiting results of a medical examination. I suspect he may have been depressed following the receipt of bad news of a medical nature,” said Capt Somnerk.

If relatives wish to know more about the cause of death, with their permission we can send his body to [Regional Police Headquarters in Surat Thani] for an autopsy,” he added.

Mr Vallius, who checked into the hotel on November 29, was found dead at about 1:30pm on December 8. From the condition of the body, police estimated the time of death at about eight hours previously.

“The hotel security guard told us he last saw Mr Vallius alive at around midnight the night before,” Capt Somnerk said.

“In his room, we found packs of sleeping pills and allergy medicine. On the bedside table were many empty sleeping pill packages. Inside his wallet we found a package of Viagra with some tablets missing,” he added.

A reliable source told the Gazette that a few days before his death Mr Vallius sent a message to his sister in Finland listing songs he wanted played at his funeral.

Capt Somnerk said he would contact the sister soon to confirm this information and question her more about her brother’s mental and physical state in the period leading up to his death.

— Atchaa Khamlo


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

PM Prayut asks everyone to work together towards reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Bangkok restrictions lifted on 8 categories, including swimming

Patong9 hours ago

Tar balls spreading in Phuket hit Patong Beach

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Phuket11 hours ago

Officials predict 600,000 tourists to Phuket following reopening

Phuket11 hours ago

Technician electrocuted to death while trying to fix jacuzzi

Pattaya11 hours ago

Pattaya pushes for August 1 Sealed Route reopening plan

Thailand12 hours ago

Mother alleges that Doctor mistakenly gave her 10 year old sleeping pills

Bangkok12 hours ago

1 million Sinopharm doses arrive today

Tourism13 hours ago

Full reopening guidelines for Phuket and Samui

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Covid UPDATE: 3,682 new cases, 20 covid-related deaths, provincial totals

Thailand14 hours ago

Poll shows schools, students, parents, “not ready” for online learning

Chon Buri14 hours ago

Man returns lost parakeet, gets rewarded with BBQ

Thai Life15 hours ago

Thai Lion predicts football matches, other abilities currently unknown

Tourism15 hours ago

Reopening details for Phuket, Samui and beyond laid out

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Multiple Chiang Rai schools to close after infections found

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8