69-year-old food vendor apparently committed suicide at Venetian Hotel Resort loading dock

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On Saturday afternoon (May 21), a suspected suicide was discovered in the Cotai district of Macau. A 69-year-old man surnamed Lam was found hanged at the Venetian Hotel near the loading dock. Police said the man was the owner of a food supplier.

At 4.15pm on Saturday, a member of management staff went to work in the loading dock area and found the man at the scene and immediately called the police.

The case was first handled by the Public Security Police (PSP) and then handed over to the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) for further action. The PC pointed out that Lam was the owner of one of the station’s food vendors. At around 11:00 a.m. on May 21, a staff member saw Lam continuing to deliver goods and reported that there was nothing unusual about Lam at that time and that there were no argument or apparent argument with Lam.

Upon examination of the body, there was an obvious strangulation mark on the neck of the deceased, and the strangulation mark matched the shape of the nylon rope used for hanging.

“There were no signs of a struggle at the scene and no suicide note was found at the scene,” the PJ said.

The case was initially treated as a “found body”, and the cause of death was later determined by forensic examination.

The Social Welfare Office urges the public to take care of themselves, their families and their friends.

If you need help, or someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide, please call the Caritas Macau Life Hope Helpline in Chinese at +853 2852 5222 (24 hour service) , or the Caritas Expat Life Hope line in English at +853 2852 5777 (Sun to Tue 2pm to 11pm, Thurs to Sat 9am to 6pm, closed Bank Holidays).

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