Retired Belgian Couple Found Dead in Phuket Home

Phuket –

An elderly retired Belgian couple were found dead inside a house in Thalang, Phuket on the morning of September 26th, 2023 around 8:20 A.M.

The Phuket Tourist Police told the Phuket Express that they were notified from a daughter-in-law, Jongjit, 62, that a foreign couple were found dead inside a house in Pa Klok.

Police arrived at the house to find the body of a man identified only as Mr. Florent, 85. He was found hanging inside a bathroom. Mrs. Maria, 84, was found dead on a bed inside the bedroom, covered by a blanket. Both were Belgian nationals who held Retirement Visas. Their visas had just been renewed and were valid until August 16th of next year, 2024.

A letter written in the Dutch language was found inside the house although the contents were not revealed to the press. Their bodies were taken to the Vachira Phuket Hospital to find their exact cause of death.

Jongjit stated to Phuket Police that she and her husband also resided at the home but had recently left for a day to attend a funeral in Phang Nga and arrived home late on September 25th. Upon arriving home she thought the couple had already gone to bed but in the morning when they did not come for breakfast they became alarmed and her husband gained access to the room through a sliding glass window, as the bedroom door was locked. It was then they made the disturbing discovery and called police.

Thai police have not officially released a cause of death but were reviewing three possible scenarios, a double suicide, a murder suicide, or possible murder by an intruder. Thalang Police Chief Col Phisit Chuenphet is leading the investigation.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.