The news was discovered while The Phuket News was making further enquiries in to the death of another American tourist, Priell Schmalbach, from Florida originally, who died from his injuries after falling while climbing at Railay Beach, Ao Nang in Krabi. (See story here.)
The American who drowned at Koh Lanta, across Phang Nga Bay from Phuket, was named by police as Nasa Gragg Jr, 26. Police confirmed his nationality by his passport, Lt Col Attapong Sanjaiwut of the Krabi Tourist Police told The Phuket News today (Oct 22).
The body of Mr Gragg was discovered in the water off Klongnin Beach at 3:30pm last Tuesday (Oct 16).
Mr Gragg checked directly into stay at the Golden Pool Villas Hotel on Oct 14, Col Attapong said.
“From our initial enquiries we discovered that he tested of the hotel on Oct 15, and his body was entirely on Oct 16 then,” Col Attapong added.
Mr Gragg’s body was taken at Koh Lanta Hospital, but has been used in Surat Thani to endure an autopsy since, Col Attapong explained.
“We have been waiting for the outcomes from the autopsy still, but at this time police think that he drowned as officers found no wounds or signs of fighting on his body,” said.
“However, we must await doctors to verify the reason for death,” he said.
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