Austrian expat found dead in Thailand

Published:  8 Sep at 9 AM
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An Austrian expat has been found dead on the Thai resort island of Phuket, with early reports stating that he had been suffering from drinking and gambling problems.

Walter Edhofer, 53, lwas discovered by neighbours in Kathu early on Monday morning, confirmed Thai police. He had left a voice message on hos phone explaining that he had not saved enough money to extend his visa in the country. His son, Chris, translated the message, telling police that his father had amassed debts and was unemployed.

Edhofer, who previously worked in tourism, developed into a heavy drinker after his divorce and had a gambling problem that was spiralling out of control, explained his son.

Officers said there was nothing to indicate a struggle had taken place, and that they believed he had died a few hours before being found in the parking lot. They added that there were five empty bottles of beer nearby and a note with a phone number of it telling them to call his son.

Police revealed that they searched his apartment and found a note with his son’s name on it as well as his monthly bills. The note told Chris to listen to the voice recording on his phone explaining his death.

Police went on to say that even prior to hearing the message, they though financial issues was the reason behind his death as he had not paid rent for two months and owed people in his neighbourhood money.
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