Tata Motors executive dies in fall at Bangkok hotel: Thai police have ruled out murder in the death of Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, who fell from the 22nd floor of Bangkok’s Shangri-la Hotel on Sunday morning, according to reports.
Police are reportedly saying early findings indicate the death may be a suicide.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that this may be suicide,” said Police Lieutenant Somyot Boonnakaew, who is leading the team investigating the case, by phone on Monday. “We don’t think it’s murder because there is no trace of a struggle,” said Somyot, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report.
The 51-year-old British executive, who was in Bangkok with his wife to attend a board meeting of the company’s Thai unit, apparently fell out of a small window from his 22nd floor suite in the five-star hotel, said Somyot.
A three-page hand-written letter was found in his room, and authorities are translating it from English into Thai. They have not yet concluded whether it is a suicide note, according to a Bangkok Post report.
Slym’s suite has no balcony, but has a wide window which cannot be opened, with views of the Chao Phraya river. It has a small window next to it which can be opened to let in fresh air, said Somyot. Police believe Slym may have fallen from the smaller window.
“It would be difficult to force him out of such a small window,” said Somyot.
It will probably take about two weeks to study all the evidence, Somyot indicated.
Pornchai Suteerakune, commander at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, today confirmed that Slym died from his fall Sunday.
Slym and his wife had checked into the hotel on January 24 and were scheduled to check out Sunday, according to Manager news group.
Slym had joined Tata Motors in 2012 following a 17-year career at General Motors Co., and was in charge of the company’s India business.