The 25-year-old Australian Joshua Edward Beath checks in into a four-star hotel with a Thai woman. Less than 24 hours later, his body is found on the ground next to the building. Was it suicide – or was anyone else involved in the death of the young man?
The information was first released by Siamrath, a Thai language online news website. According to the article, Bang Rak Police Station was informed of the death of a foreigner at 7:15 Friday morning. Police denied to name the four-star hotel but said it was located on Surawong Rd in Bangkok’s Si Phraya district.
Police officers from Bang Rak along with investigator Pol Maj Satid Soncha made their way to the place of the incident. On the concrete of a narrow aisle next to the 17 floors high hotel building, they found the lifeless body of Joshua Edward Beath, aged 25.
Siamrath wrote Mr Beath was an Austrian citizen. However, considering his name and the fact that an obituary was published in the Australian paper Herald Sun makes it safe to assume that Mr Beath was actually from Australia.
Mr Beath was not wearing any clothes, Pol Maj Satid said. He was lying on his back in a pool of blood. An emergency doctor from General Police Hospital stated that the young man had sustained severe injuries to his head which eventually might have caused the death.
Pol Maj Satid inspected room no. 758 on the 7th floor of the hotel where the deceased had stayed. There were no signs of a fight or other circumstances that might indicate Mr Beath was the victim of a crime, he said.
A door leading to the balcony was open. The dead man's fingerprints and footprints were found on the balcony. An autopsy was carried out at the Police Hospital following the discovery of the body.
A maid on her way to work had found the already dead man and immediately called the police. According to hotel personnel, Mr Beath had checked in only one day earlier at around noon. With him was a Thai woman who was not present when police arrived.
Police have opened an investigation to find out what really happened that night. For that, they will inspect related CCTV footage and question the Thai woman who might have been the last person that saw Mr Beath alive.
In the obituary published in the Herald Sun days after the death, it is being said that his death was a “result of accident”.
Family members said that he had died as the "result of an accident". Several relatives names were in the obit dated August 2nd that added: "We will miss your cheeky grin and your humorous intellect and huge heart."
No mention was made of a Thai girlfriend or any other details in relation to his death.