Police suspect suicide after Canadian national found dead in Bali’s Karangasem regency

Authorities evacuating the body of the deceased on Sept. 20, 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Padangbai Sub-precinct
Authorities evacuating the body of the deceased on Sept. 20, 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Padangbai Sub-precinct

A Canadian national was found dead at a house in Bali’s Karangasem regency on Monday, with authorities suspecting that he may have died by suicide. 

The victim, identified as LB, was reportedly found covered in blood and with slash wounds on his wrists in the bathroom. His romantic partner, identified as S, was the one who first made the discovery. 

Authorities said there were cuts on LB’s left arm that damaged his blood vessels, about 10 centimeters in length and 5 centimeters wide.

“For the time being our main suspicion is suicide, according to what we saw at the scene,” Padangbai Sub-precinct Chief, I Made Suadnyana, said today.

According to reports, LB had lived in the house since 2014 and had a history of undergoing surgery for pinched nerves, which is suspected to have caused him considerable pain. Authorities therefore believe that the physical pain had driven him to suicide. 

LB reportedly left behind a letter containing a will before he died. The body of the deceased has been taken to Sanglah General Hospital for further examination. 

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression and/or contemplating suicide, you can get more information and resources from several local NGOs dealing with mental health and suicide prevention, such as intothelightid.org. You can also reach out to Bali-based Love Inside Suicide Awareness (LISA) helpline at +628113855472.

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