Mumbai | An Irish national and consulting director at a Dutch animation firm was found hanging on Monday in the toilet of his fourth-floor room at a five-star hotel in Powai. Darren Campbell (40) had been at the hotel for 23 days and was supposed to check out around midnight the same day.
In the room, the police found a suicide note in which Campbell had named an Indian woman who worked at a firm that was making an animation film in partnership with the Dutch company. The woman, who quit a few days ago, was called for questioning by the police.
An officer said she had been in touch with Campbell after quitting her job. “His call record showed they had exchanged 100 text messages and at least 200 calls during his stay in Mumbai. The woman told us they were just good friends and frequently met. The time they met was two days before he ended his life,” the officer said.
“We have kept Campbell’s autopsy report in reserve. His viscera have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina,” said senior inspector Y L Jadhav of the Powai police station. The police handed over Campbell’s body to the Irish consulate on Thursday.
Around midnight on Monday, a hotel staffer went to Campbell’s room realizing that though it was the departure time of his flight, he had not checked out. When Campbell didn’t answer the bell, the hotel’s management called the Indian animation firm.
“The door was opened using a spare key in the presence of the animation company’s officials. Campbell was found hanging from a steel hangar in the bathroom. He had used a bed sheet,” the hotel management told the police in its statement. “Campbell had checked in on November 16 and was supposed to check out on December 8.”
Campbell frequently visited Mumbai on official tours and this was his fourth stay at the hotel. The police have filed an accidental death report.
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