A Ladyboy sex worker has been quizzed by police after a British former solider was found dead in Thailand while visiting his daughter.
Steve Balfour, 35, was last seen on May 14 in the busy resort of Pattaya near to where his Thai ex-wife lives with his six-year-old daughter, Georgina.
His body was found in a room above a bar in the red light area the next day but it was taken to a police mortuary in Bangkok because it could not be identified.
Local police have since identified Mr Balfour by a tattoo of his daughter’s name on his arm and have questioned a 22-year-old prostitute in connection with his death, reports the Daily Record.
The local paper, Pattaya One, reported at the time that the naked body of a western male was found after he ‘probably tripped due to his intoxicated state and… died during a rendezvous with an unnamed ladyboy’.
It added that ‘a 22-year-old ladyboy from Buriram told investigators the couple had met earlier on Walking Street and had agreed a fee of 3000 baht – £60.’
But Mr Balfour’s parents Archie and Anne Balfour, from Rosyth, Scotland, are still unsure what happened to their son.
Mr Balfour, who served in the Royal Scots with his son, told the Daily Record: ‘From what we have heard we’re certain it’s Steve – who else would have exactly the same tattoo of Georgina’s name on their arm. But we still don’t know what happened to him.’
‘He always went out with his wallet with bank and ID cards in it, and that wasn’t with him when he was found.
‘He was also very fit to do his job and play golf a few times each week so it is unlikely to be a medical matter. There are lots of questions for the police to answer.’
When he visited Thailand Mr Balfour stayed in the Baan Tong Tong resort, in the Nong Yai area of Pattaya.
Manager Mike Williams found his passport and other possessions untouched when he searched his room.
He told the Daily Record: ‘The police have worked hard on this and they are extremely confident this is Steve – the tattoo is very distinctive.
‘The protocol over here whenever any foreigner passes away in Thailand, be that in an accident, as a result of a medical condition or something suspicious, is that they are moved to the police hospital in Bangkok.’
Steve married his ex-wife Nan Kidaw eight years ago in a traditional Thai ceremony.
But the couple’s marriage ended last year with Nan reported to have received the family home and car in the divorce.
It is understood Steve, who worked as a bodyguard with Olive Group – a security firm that worked in trouble spots around the world – generally worked eight weeks on and four weeks off.
The devoted dad usually used his time off to travel to Thailand to visit his daughter.
One of Steve’s best friends Malcolm Farquharson had constantly appealed for help to find his friend.
He wrote on social media: ‘(Steve) was due to return to work last night the 13th June but has failed to come back to his residence at Bann Tong Tong in Nong Yai area of Pattaya Thailand to pack his bag & collect his passport to travel.
‘Many many people are now concerned of his whereabouts.’
He encouraged people to share Steve’s photo in the desperate attempt to help find the man.
The incident is still being investigated.