The body of a man, believed to be that of missing Thai-Japanese model, Kullapat “Kendo” Pongpraphap, was found this afternoon (Thursday) floating in the Chao Phraya River near Bangkok’s Ratchawong pier.
A rescue unit from the Poh Teck Tung Foundation and Pak Khlong San police rushed to the scene and pulled the body out of the water, placing it on a pier under the King Rama 1 Bridge for initial examination.
According to the police, a wallet containing about 1,000 baht in cash, an ID card issued by Siriraj hospital, credit and ATM cards, iPod earphones and a gold-framed Buddha amulet was found on the body.
Police said that the body has the word “Love” tattooed on the neck and graphic designs tattooed on the left foot. The dead man wore olive green trousers and rainbow-striped short-sleeve shirt.
Police think that the man drowned about two days ago. The body was later taken to a nearby hospital for an autopsy.
According to the police, the family of the 27-year-old model published an announcement about his disappearance on January 4th, when he was last seen at a hostel.
The model’s manager had also been trying to contact Kendo since January 4th, but without success.
A caretaker at the hostel, where Kendo was living before his disappearance, claimed she saw the model lying on a bench on the ground floor, looking unwell, on Monday.
She added that the next day, she knocked on the door of his room to check that he was OK, after she received a call from his family, but there was no response, so she unlocked the door and went in, only to find the room empty.