A 42 year old American man with an extensive petty criminal background has been found dead in a Phnom Penh guesthouse this morning, the latest in a series of foreigners dying in Phnom Penh.
Mallory Thomas Martin was found early this morning in room 111 at the Golden Bridge Guesthouse on Street 278, a street popular with backpackers looking for cheap accommodation. The immediate causes of Mr Martin’s death are not known, but he is thought to have died of natural causes. It is believed that he had been in Phnom Penh only a short time, following a period as an English teacher in Thailand.
Mr Martin arrived in Thailand after a series of arrests in Florida dating back over nearly fifteen years, according to Alachua Country Florida Police Records. His first recorded arrest was for burglary in 2001 with subsequent arrests for a variety of offences occurring during the next decade.
His last recorded arrest was in Polk County Florida in August 2012 for several offences including larceny, credit card fraud, theft and possession of firearms and ammunition.
It’s unclear if Mr Martin has any family. A witness who spoke with him in the area earlier this week said he was with a Cambodian woman whom he introduced as his ‘future wife’.