An American man, 66, has been found dead in a rented house in Khon Kaen's Muang district where he had been living alone for seven years.
The decomposed body of Gene Mark Robert (spelling not confirmed) was found in a two-storey shophouse in Soi Srichan 17 at 8.30 pm on Thursday.
The town’s medical emergency centre was alerted by neighbours that a strong stench was emanating from inside the building.
Police and rescuers from a local foundation went to the scene and found that the shophouse was locked from the inside.
They broke in and found the man’s body under a blanket on a mattress on the ground floor.
The body has been sent for a post-mortem at Sri Nakharin Hospital.
A neighbor, Sa-nga Buathong, told police that the American had been with a Thai woman when he rented the shophouse seven years ago but had been living alone throughout that time.
He was well known to people in the area but had not been seen in the past few days.