An Australian man in Thailand has died after plunging from a sixth-storey parking lot at an airport days after his niece reported him missing.
The 50-year-old has been identified as Justin Beasly, an "amazing, smart and loving person" who first arrived in Phuket last Thursday.
Local authorities arrived at Phuket International Airport after a security guard reported the man's death at around 8.30 pm on Tuesday (local time), Bangkok Post reported. CCTV footage reportedly captured Justin arrive at the airport alone before walking to the car park building and taking the lift to the upper floors.
According to police, the 50-year-old was seen tearing up bank notes moments before he fell. Local police found the man's body in the motorcycle parking area of the airport.
Family member's desperate Facebook plea
Justin first arrived in Phuket last Thursday, August 24, but later left the country. He re-entered on August 28, the day before his death. The same day, his niece Taryn made a desperate plea in a Phuket expats group on Facebook saying her uncle was "missing".
"We last heard news from him 26th August. Was very distressed when last heard from, cannot make contact and his family are horrendously worried," she wrote. "If you see him, please let him know his family needs to hear from him and to know he's safe".
In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, the family said they're "devastated" by his death. "The love his family had for him was indescribable, he was humorous and had the most beautiful soul," they added.
After speaking with witnesses, police believe the man's death is not suspicious, however an investigation is ongoing. The Australian embassy had been notified, police said.
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