Depressed and alone - former US Navy man slashes his neck with box cutters in Pattaya bathroom
Police called to a house in Sattahip found a 64 year old former US Navy man dead on the bathroom floor in a pool of blood.
Larry G. Lee was dressed only in white shorts. His neck was slashed on both sides.
Next to the body were two box cutters and in the sink was a broken razor.
The body was found by 21 year old Patcharaphon Wijitphan who looks after the rented property in the estate known as Nawee House.
He said he had last seen the victim early Tuesday evening. When he didn't respond to a calls on Wednesday late morning he looked in the window and saw what had happened.
He said that Mr Lee was suffering from depression and was alone.
Pol Lt Patananan Somnuan investigating said that the victim was a petty officer in the navy and had been coming and going to Thailand from the US over about the last five years since his retirement.
On this spell he had been in the country two years and he was clearly lonely and depressed.
The body was sent to the Police Hospital in Bangkok for autopsy and the embassy have been informed.
The charity Samaritans is available around the clock for people who want to talk.
If you or anyone you know is in need of mental health services, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).
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