Missing Japanese tourist may have taken his own life

The Japanese tourist who went missing almost a month ago and his body found and plucked from a canal in Bangkok yesterday might commit suicide, police investigators said today.

The theory that Mr Sonamu Tsuboi took his own life was revealed by police after they found a CCTV camera capturing him walking at Bang Lumpu junction near the Rama 8 bridge before disappeared, prompting the police to suspect he might jump into the river in a suicide bid.

A body was later plucked from a klong in Bang Kor Laem district on Sunday by rescue worker, and initial examination suspected that it might be the missing Japanese tourist.

Police said that the victim was about 163-168 cm tall with long curly hair, tan complexion with a Little Ghost cartoon tattoo on the left side of his torso.

Police added that there were no wounds on the body which would suggest that the victim was assaulted.

Found in the body were four 20-baht banknotes, one two-baht coin and one-baht coin and one stainless ring.

The body was identified by his parents who arrived from Japan today to claim the body at Siriraj hospital's morgue.

Police said they believed the Japanese took his own life as latest video footage showed him in the bridge.

Mr Sonamu Tsuboi lost contact with his parents in Japan since December 27. He didn't show up at Suvarnabhumi international airport to meet his girlfriend who arrived from Japan to see him.

The parents went to Mae Hong Son to lodge a complaint with the police to look for their son who could not be located.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)