The body of a German property broker was found dismembered inside a freezer in a house in Thailand, authorities said.
On July 10, detectives in Chon Buri made the grisly discovery when they searched the property after viewing surveillance video, the Bangkok Post reported.
The victim, whose cause of death is still under investigation, has been identified as Hans Peter Ralter Mack, 62.
According to the Post, family reported Mack missing on July 4.
During an investigation into his disappearance, police learned a German woman allegedly had hired a Thai couple to deliver the freezer Mack was found in to the residence in Nong Prue.
Surveillance video allegedly shows a male, identified as a German close friend of the German woman, transporting the freezer in a truck over 150 kilometers before arriving in Nong Prue.
Inside the freezer, detectives recovered Mack’s body — including his dismembered head and limbs — in plastic bags, as well as an electric saw, ropes, food seals, bottles of drinking water, soda and beer, the Post reported.
An official with the provincial police believes Mack was being extorted before his death and that 2 million baht was transferred out of the victim’s bank account.
Mack was married to a 24-year-old Thai woman, whose name police did not release. She told investigators her husband, Mack, had left on July 4 for a meeting with a foreign property broker to talk about properties for sale.
Police located and searched the victim’s Mercedes-Benz E350 coupe. According to the Post, they found chemical cleanser stains believed to have been used to try to destroy potential evidence.
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