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Pattaya hotel guests unaware of dead body under bed

Two guests spent a night in a Pattaya hotel unaware that there was a dead body under their bed, according to local reports.

The body of the slain transgender woman was only discovered after the guests had checked out, when a maid noticed blood near the bed. Pattaya police and rescue workers were alerted to the incident at the five-storey hotel on Soi Buakhao in tambon Nong Phrue of Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district around 11.30am on Saturday. Rescue workers found the unidentified body after lifting up the bed in the room on the roof deck of the hotel.

Police believe the victim had been dead for three or four days. The body was sent to a forensic institute for an autopsy to find out the cause of the death. Thai media reported that two men had checked into the room on Aug 16. They took a transgender guest to the room at 1.35am on Aug 18 before checking out later that morning. On Friday evening, a man and woman checked into the room and reported a bad smell.

They asked the hotel staff to spray the room before spending the night there. On Saturday morning, a hotel maid came to clean the room, discovered blood coming from under the bed and a foul smell. She alerted the hotel manager, who immediately called police to investigate. Pol Col Apichai Kropphet, the Pattaya poice chief, said officers had already obtained the identification of the two male suspects and footage from closed-circuit television. He declined to reveal further details. Police are now looking for the suspects, he said.