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Man was killed by blows to head, forensic police say

A large amount of debris and barbed wired was recovered from Phadung Krung Kasem canal after it was dredged yesterday as part of the post-coup campaign to clean up areas near Government House.

A large amount of debris and barbed wired was recovered from Phadung Krung Kasem canal after it was dredged yesterday as part of the post-coup campaign to clean up areas near Government House.

An autopsy has found that a man, whose body was found underneath a bridge near Government House on Wednesday, died around a month ago and was likely to have been killed by hard blows to the head, the chief of the police Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM) said yesterday.

The man was 168cm tall and thought to have been between 25 and 35 years old. He was probably an auto mechanic judging by a spark plug found in the left pocket of his pants, Maj-General Pornchai Suteerakune said.

The man's front teeth protruded and there was holy string (baci) with five colours around his right wrist, he said.

Pornchai called on people who have been unable to locate a relative or curious about the body to contact the IFM and bring photos of the missing person that show his teeth or dental records.

He said police had verified that a Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives employee card found near the body was not his.

Meanwhile authorities combed a 1km stretch of Phadung Krung Kasem canal between Chamai Maruchet Bridge and the intersection with Wat Benchamabophit, near Government House and other areas occupied by protesters against the Yingluck Shinawatra government.

The dredging unearthed a large number of used tear-gas canisters, firecracker bombs, a home-made pistol and several anti-riot police shields, apart from large rolls of discarded barbed wire.




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