Woman’s body found in water tank believed to be suicide

PHOTO: An old woman is believed to have committed suicide by climbing into a water tank. (via Nujaree Rakrun)

An elderly woman’s body was discovered in a 2,000-litre water tank behind a house in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. The grizzly discovery was made this morning behind a row house near a commercial building in Mueang district. Police believe the 67 year old woman committed suicide.

The woman had been missing since February 15, and her husband has been searching for her. She had suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as stress over outstanding debts.

The elderly woman had recently taken a job as a caretaker of a house that the owner had opened to sell lottery tickets and other items. She left a letter apologising to the owner of the house for not being able to continue doing the job.

The woman also stated that her body could be burned to ashes without ceremony as she did not want to be a burden to anyone.

Her distraught husband said he had been looking for his wife but could not find her. However, he noticed a pungent order coming from the back of the house on Sunday morning. He noticed the water tank cover was slightly ajar and discovered his wife’s body when he opened the lid.

Police, forensic investigators and a doctor from Nakhon Si Thammarat Hospital were called to investigate the incident. They found the swollen body of the woman in the water tank.

The cause of death has not yet been officially established, but it is believed the woman climbed into the tank in order to drown herself. Her body was sent to the hospital for an autopsy.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai). Please also contact your friends or relatives at this time if you have feelings of loneliness, stress or depression. Seek help.

South Thailand News

Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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