Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bulgaria: British Tourist, 19, Falls 10 Floors to His Death, Motive Elusive

According to The Sofia Globe, a 19-year-old tourist from the UK died earlier today (June 16) after falling 10 floors from the balcony of his hotel room in Bulgaria’s popular Black Sea summer resort of Sunny Beach. The incident apparently occurred during the early morning hours on Sunday.

The tourist, who arrived in Bulgaria on June 10, had returned to his hotel by taxi and had gone to his room to retrieve cash to pay the taxi fare.

When the man did not return, the taxi driver, accompanied by a member of the hotel staff, went to look for him. The door to the room was opened by the man’s girlfriend and it was then that it became clear that the man had fallen from the balcony.

COMMENT: It is unknown whether the Briton's girlfriend was aware of how the tourist fell and whether it was accidental or intentional.

An autopsy is scheduled and an investigation will be undertaken.

As I have said in previous postings, we do live in uncertain and troubled economic times and often foreign travelers go abroad when they in fact should face their troubles at home, preferably with the assistance of psychiatric or psychological services and prescribed medication.

Although until the autopsy is completed and the girlfriend interviewed as to how the Briton came to fall ten floors, the death does appear to be suspicious, at least for the moment.