Doctor feared drowned after farewell note found
Relatives of a doctor in Phitsanulok province fear he may have drowned in the Nan River after his motorcycle was found abandoned at a bridge and an apparent suicide note was discovered at his home.
Relatives of Phatthisak Changpaisalkul, 36, contacted police on Tuesday night after he could not be located and a note was found.
They tracked the signal of his mobile phone and found it hanging from the handlebars of his motorcycle under the bridge over the Nan River in Moo 3 village, Tambon Tha Pho Muang district.
Police and divers from the Burapha Rescue Operation unit began a search for Phatthisak but called it off shortly after dark amid uncertainty over where they should focus their attention.
Maitree Krataithon, 43, a witness, told authorities that he saw a man fishing at the bridge at 10pm on Tuesday but later saw a man swimming in the river and letting himself get carried downstream.
Maitree said he saw the man carried downstream for more than a kilometre before he disappeared from view at the river bend.
Maitree said he then heard dogs barking and thought the man might have climbed up the riverbank at the spot where the dogs were barking.
Rescuers were unsure about the correct area to search and so called it off for the night.
They intended to use boats to continue the search yesterday in case the doctor drowned and his body resurfaced downstream.