Thailand police are searching for the body of an 18-year-old woman identified as Nitaya who jumped off Bangkok’s Rama 8 Bridge on Jan. 2 and broadcast the act on Facebook Live.
The woman, whose last name was withheld, hailed a motorcycle taxi ride and asked the driver, Pataradanai Noomsrinart, to bring her to Rama 8 Bridge from Soi Nakniwat 30, according to The Nation.
Upon arriving at the destination, she paid the driver an extra 500 Thai baht ($15.41) to stay and film her on Facebook Live around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.
In the livestream, Natiya, who appeared to be intoxicated, is seen singing a song about breakup; she reportedly had a fight with her boyfriend prior to the tragic incident. The teenager then climbed and sat on the bridge rail while drinking alcohol before jumping off into the Chao Phraya River.
CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) footage also revealed that Natiya jumped off the bridge by herself.
The shocked driver immediately turned off the stream to call the police. Patrol officers who responded to the call found the woman’s phone, her ID card and a bottle of alcohol at the scene.
While speaking to the police, the driver explained how Natiya was incredibly upset about her love life. However, she did not drop any hints about her plan to commit suicide. Pataradanai saw the woman fall as she struggled in the water before sinking.
Police contacted the woman’s uncle by marriage and said that Nitaya left her home in Ranong Province, Thailand, two years ago to live with her boyfriend, who works in the computer field.
If you or someone you know are showing warning signs of suicide, immediately call your local emergency services or suicide hotlines for help below.
Many people might not know this, but NextShark is a small media startup that runs on no outside funding or loans, and with no paywalls or subscription fees, we rely on help from our community and readers like you.
Everything you see today is built by Asians, for Asians to help amplify our voices globally and support each other. However, we still face many difficulties in our industry because of our commitment to accessible and informational Asian news coverage.
We hope you consider making a contribution to NextShark so we can continue to provide you quality journalism that informs, educates, and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for supporting NextShark and our community.