Police question cause of nude Dutchman’s death at Jomtien massage parlor

Friday, 18 April 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By  Boonlua Chatree

Police are investigating how a long-overstaying Dutchman died naked in a restroom at a Jomtien Beach massage parlor.

Police found the body of Petrus Lohannus Geling, 53, lying in the entrance of the bathroom at Jan & Phar Massage at Jomtien Beach Road and Soi 2 April 7. His eyes were open, arms extended and hands clenched tightly.

Shop owner Somphan Shinranad, 47, claimed that Geling had come into the shop earlier the evening before, saying he felt sick. She told police she let the Dutchman lie down and rest at no charge. He remained there after the shop closed. Somphan said she and a half-dozen employees had gone to bed and, in the middle of the night, discovered the dead body.

Police suspected something a bit more salacious happened, however. Physical evidence suggested Geling had recently had sexual relations of some sort. That, combined with him being nude, left investigators questioning about the shop owner’s story.

Investigators also discovered that Geling had been living illegally in Thailand for the past six years. In his room above a Banglamung beauty shop they found a passport, which expired Oct. 2012, and a visa that permitted his stay only until March 2008.

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