Grieving family calls on police to investigate model’s ‘suicide’

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Sattahip police insist that a Chiang Mai model who drowned in Najomtien committed suicide, despite protestations by grieving family members.

The body of Veerapat Sudjai, 25, was due to be sent for a forensics examination on request from his mother and girlfriend.

Veerapat’s body was recovered by divers from the sea off Ban Klong Nammao Beach. Rescuers said his mouth was foaming.

Mother Pattra Tain and girlfriend Muay Sudjai, 23, arranged a Buddhist ceremony to free his spirit, but then called on authorities to further investigate his death.

Veerapat had been working as a model in Pattaya and on Nov. 23 messaged Muay that he was having hallucinations and told her that “he was scared and wanted to go home”.

She drove from Bangkok but was horrified to discover the location he sent her was the beach where he walked into the sea and drowned.

Muay said her boyfriend of four years had never done drugs and that she doesn’t understand why he would be having hallucinations. She believes he was drugged and coerced into killing himself.

Police said the autopsy will be performed but they have no doubt Veerapat committed suicide.