Police suspect a brutal revenge style murder after finding a corpse weighed down by a concrete post in the Mekong River at Nakhon Phanom.
The dead man had white skin and is believed to be a foreigner, possible Vietnamese.
Nakorn Panom police at the scene in Ban Samran Neua, Muang district, found the 30-40 year old victim in a sack that was comprised of three parts that had been joined by wire. The body had been in the water at least 48 hours.
The face had been mercilessly attacked making it unrecognizable. The abdomen had been ripped out with what looked like an axe and the body – 170 cm in height – was tied with hemp rope and weighed down with a one meter piece of concrete post.
The hands were handcuffed at the front of the body.
Pol Col Kiatphoom said that the vicious nature of the man’s death indicated a revenge killing involving a possible double-cross.
A full autopsy is being carried out in Khon Kaen as investigations into the identity of the victim continue.