From the Phuket News:
PHUKET: Police are waiting for doctors to determine the cause of death of an unidentified woman whose body was found floating in a canal on the east side of Phuket Town yesterday morning (Dec 21).
The body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital soon after rescue workers retrieved it from the canal at the Saphan Ruam 1 Community on Sri Sena Rd, Rassada, at 8:20am.
“We believe the body is of a woman who was 30 to 40 years old,” said Lt Col Chana Suthimas of the Phuket City Police.
“She was 165-170cm tall and weighed 70 to 80 kilogrammes, and dressed in a red shirt and denim shorts. We believe she died at least three days before her body was found by local residents.”
Initial examination of the body by police failed to indicate the cause of death.
“We found only a minor injury on the top of her head. No other signs of injury or assault were found on the body,” Col Chana said.
“Residents in the area said they believe she was not from the area because they did not recognize her and said that they had never seen her before,” he added.
Police theorized that the victim was running away from someone or something and used the canal to hide.
“Somehow she fell into the canal. She had injured her head, possibly drunk, and maybe drowned,” Col Chana said.
“We don’t know what happened to her because so far we have found no witnesses to any incident that may be related,” he added.
“But we are continuing our investigation to determine whether the head injury was accidental or likely from an assault. We are also trying to identify the body so we can notify her family,” Col Chana said.
“We know so far that we have no missing person report that matches the description of the victim,” he added.