THALANG: Police are waiting for an autopsy report to confirm their belief that a masseuse whose body was discovered in woods in Cherng Talay yesterday evening either died of a chronic illness or committed suicide.
An initial examination of the body revealed no signs of violence, said Cherng Talay Police Deputy Superintendent Lt Col Suwat Kaewprom, who identified the woman as 35-year-old Chalida Wandee, who worked giving massages along the beach in Cherng Talay.
Col Suwat told the Gazette that investigators had questioned the woman’s husband, who told them that his wife had long suffered from stress and had been seriously ill for some time. She had disappeared five days ago.
The police found no evidence of foul play. The woman’s motorbike was parked near her body, the key in her shirt pocket. The vehicle registration book and the woman’s social security card were found in the compartment beneath the seat.
Col Suwat said, “Her husband told us that he started searching for his wife right after she went missing from her mother’s house. He was later told by a Buddhist nun that his wife had gone to seek out ‘a peaceful place’. After that he stopped looking for her.”
He noted, “She had been ill for some time, and had been seeing doctors regularly. She had also tried to commit suicide before, but was saved by friends who rushed her to hospital.”
He said that an initial medical examination of the body had ruled out violence. In addition, nothing appeared to be missing from her person – neither her watch nor other possessions – which ruled out an attack by a thief.
K. Chalida’s remains have been returned to her family for funerary rights.
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