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Austrian GM of Phi Phi Island’s Zaevola Resort Found Dead in Forest

Austrian General Manager Phi Phi Hotel Resort Thailand Dead Missing Zaevola

An Austrian manager of a Koh Phi Phi hotel has been found dead after a four-day search on the Krabi Province island.

A search team discovered the body of Florian Hallermann, 56, Wednesday afternoon.

General manager of the Zeavola Resort and Spa, Hallermann went missing Sept. 11. CCTV footage showed him, on his day off, trekking along the beach with a backpack.

When he failed to return home, a group of 50 volunteers, local authorities and hotel employees went looking for him.

The body was found about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 between several rocks in a forested area about 200 meters from the road in Baan Laem Tong of Ao Nang District.

Police said Hallermann had been dead for about three days. Investigators supposed he slipped, cracked his head open and suffered other injuries.

The body will be sent for a forensic examination and Covid-19 test.

Hallermann had lived on Phi Phi for decades and was the face of the Zaevola, well-respected in the community. Police promised to determine the cause of death as soon as possible.