The body of a Swedish Muay Thai fighter was found yesterday at the popular tourist island Koh Lanta, across the bay from Phuket.
Police and rescue workers arrived at a rental room at the Otto Bar after receiving a report of a dead foreigner. Police identified the man as “Kasper Pobias Byreborg”, 29.
“We believe he has been dead for about two days,” said Pittaya Chariyanukol of the Koh Lanta Police.
Mr Byreborg’s right hand was grasping a syringe, while his left held a small empty alcohol bottle, about 100cc, Lt Pittaya said.
The fighter, who had been training at Lanta Gym according to the bar owner, had track marks on his left arm.
“There was no trace of a struggle in the room,” Lt Pittaya said.
“Mr Byreborg came here to train for Muay Thai. He checked in alone to a rental room behind my bar on May 24. The last time I saw him was on May 26,” Payuntara Chanpukdee, owner of the Otto Bar, said.
Ms Payuntara checked in on Mr Byreborg’s room when she noticed a stench emanating from inside.
“When I opened the door, I found his body,” she said.
Police have yet to confirm the cause of death.