When Michel Bachelleric did not to return the car he had rented, the company used GPS to track it down to his house and found a pool of blood inside the living room.
There is a mystery whack around the death of the 68 year old French man after he was found dead by a car rental in his rental home in Pattaya.
A security guard of Lake Valley, a gated community in Chon Buri’s Bueng subdistrict, contacted Nong Kham Provincial Police Station to report the death of a French man. Pol Lt Col Sompong Adiwontada, who had received the call at 11:49 on Wednesday morning, was sent to the house along with superintendent Pol Col Chonpad Nawalag and lead investigator Pol Capt Kongdet Sowapat to investigate the scene.
“It was a strange sight,” Pol Capt Kongdet told reporters who quickly gathered in front of the two-storey house numbered 22/98 where the incident had happened. “There was an enormous amount of blood on the floor of the living room,” he said. “But there was no body.”
A strong smell of decay emanating from upstairs led investigators to the second floor of the house. When officers entered the bedroom, they found the already decomposing body of Michel Bachelleric, a 68-year-old Frenchman who had been living in Lake Valley for over two years, investigators later found out.
“The body of Mr Bachelleric lay on the floor next to his bed,” Pol Capt Kongdet described the scene. “He was naked. A pool of blood had spread out around the body.” The bloated abdomen, as well as the overall condition of the corpse, indicated that Mr Bachelleric had been dead for approximately four days, the investigator said.
The body was discovered after Mr Bachelleric failed to return the Toyota Corolla he had rented from a car rental in Pattaya until June 19. When he still did not show up the next day and several attempts to reach Mr Bachelleric by phone remained unanswered, the company owner, Sunton Dolong, used the coordinates of the built-in GPS transmitter to track down its location.
The GPS data showed that the car was parked in front of Mr Bachelleric’s house and had not been moved since June 17, three days before his body was found. The 56-year-old Mr Sunton drove to the house and was surprised to find the front door opened.
“I called his name, but nobody answered,” Mr Sunton told police. “I then went into the house and saw a massive amount of blood on the floor. I was sure there was something wrong, so I informed one of the security guards of the compound.” When the guard, whose name was not mentioned, saw the blood, he immediately called the police.
During the investigation into the case, police officers questioned Jantagan Chamjaidi, another Lake Valley resident whose house is next to Mr Bachelleric’s. “Mrs Jantagan told us that Mr Bachelleric lived alone and that she had not seen him for four days,” Pol Capt Kongdet quoted the neighbour. “To her, this was unusual because she was used to seeing Mr Bachelleric walking to a nearby convenience store almost every morning.”
In the evening before he was found, Mrs Jantagan reportedly perceived a strange odour coming from the house. However, she did not contact the authorities because she “did not think that something had happened to Mr Bachelleric”, she explained.
While police continue to investigate the death and to find an explanation for the pool of blood in the living room, local rescue workers sent Mr Bachelleric’s body to the Institute of Forensic Science in Bangkok to determine the cause of death.
“We still don’t know how Mr Bachelleric died,” Pol Capt Kongdet admitted. “We hope that the result of the autopsy will help us to find out what has happened to Mr Bachelleric.”
Credits: Farang Deaths