A 61-year-old French national was found dead inside his home in the beach resort town of Lian, Batangas, on Sunday afternoon, police said.

SPO2 Pablo Roxas, investigator at the Lian Police, identified the fatality as Michael Jean Rouinvy Bayle, an immigrant who has been in the country for three years.

Bayle’s body was found by neighbor Elmer Quiñones inside the former’s home in Sitio Altura, Brgy. Matabungkay, around 1 p.m.

Quiñones, who claimed to be a friend and “errand man” of Bayle, was bringing cigarettes, soda, and vodka which the Frenchman ordered the day before, but the latter did not answer to calls from outside the house, Roxas said.

Quiñones told police that eventually went inside the house and tried to wake Bayle, but was taken aback when he felt that the latter’s body was cold and bloated.

He suspected that Bayle was dead and sought police assistance after seeing blood on the bed sheet near the latter’s mouth.

Quiñones described Bayle as kind, a bit of a loner, and wanted to spend the rest of his life in the Philippines.

No signs of forcible entry, which indicates “foul play,” was found at the house. It was also learned that Bayle had long been suffering from acute diabetes and rheumatism, and was a heavy drinker and chain smoker, Roxas said in his report. (John Roson)

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