Police and doctors have yet to pinpoint the cause of death of the 46 year old Italian national Nicola Russo who was found dead at a hotel he ran in Phuket early Sunday morning.
Inside room no 216, authorities found the body of a 46-year-old Italian national named as Nicola Russo. He was found on the bed, wearing only boxers and in a partially sitting, partially lying down position. Next to his body, there was a note written on a sheet of A4 paper which authorities said was in Italian and English language but declined to elaborate its content.
Officers did not note any signs of a struggle or foul play. His body was estimated to have been dead for no less than two hours and subsequently transported to Patong Hospital for further examination.
Police questioned a 15-year-old minor who was identified as an adopted daughter of the deceased. She told police she had last seen him at around 20:30 on Friday when Mr Russo asked her to help him look after the hotel’s service counter in his place so that he could go up to his room and rest.
The Thai wife of the deceased discovered the man’s body Sunday morning. She said she had been away on business in Chumphon and had just returned to Patong Sunday morning at around 6:50. When the Mr Russo failed to answer knocks on his door, she used her spare key to open the door and found his body, she told police.
According to her, Mr Russo did not drink alcohol but was a smoker. He also drank a lot of soft drinks, had a sleeping disorder and had undergone cervical surgery 3-4 months earlier. Mr Russo had reportedly run the hotel since October last year.