Dutchman commits suicide in central Pattaya

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An elderly Dutchman died after apparently slitting his wrists in his room above a central Pattaya bar.

The body of Peter Hans-Jurgen Stockmar, 70, was found in a pool of blood at the Saxwell Outback Bar and Hotel on Soi Arunothai Sept. 18. There was no sign of an altercation in the room and two knives were recovered from next to the body.

Guesthouse housekeeper Amphorn Hemvijit said Stockmar checked in on July 27 and was due to leave on Oct. 3. He was considered a loner, often seen drinking beer alone at the bar. He was last seen around 10 p.m. on Sept. 16. She found him on the 18th while trying to clean the room.

Police only speculated on motives for the suicide and sent the body to the Forensics Institute to determine if there were health-related reasons behind his decision to end his life.

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