Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Police Suspect Suicide in Death of Long-time Bali Resident, Canadian Matthew Bloomfield
Bali Police believe a long-time resident of Bali, Canadian Matthew Charles Bloomfield (60), was suffering from depression when he took his life by jumping from a bridge located in Marga, Tabanan, West Bali on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
According to Beritabali.com, Bloomfield last address in Bali was on Jalan Raya Kerobokan in Kuta.
The head of the Abiansemal Police Precinct, Ida Bagus Mertayasa, said that according to friends and associates, the Canadian was in a depressive state prior to taking his life by jumping into a 50-meter deep ravine during the nighttime or early morning of December 5th.
A local resident was traveling over the bridge at 12:30 pm when he saw a body floating in the river.
The same man also found Bloomfield’s motorcycle and driver’s licenses near the entrance to the bridge.
Police had to seek assistance from the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) to remove the body from the deep ravine. Due to the difficulty presented by the terrain, police were only able to bring Bloomfield’s body back to the roadside at 5:30 pm, five hours after its initial discovery.
Police traced I Komang Ayu Nuada, the owner of the motorcycle rented to Bloomfiled, to Kedewatan Kedewatan, Ubud where he told police that his customer seemed depressed. Nuadi had posted a sticker on the bike providing his number and contact details in the event the driver was involved in an accident.
Police said Bloomfield had previously lived in Ubud. Neighbors said that prior to his death, Bloomfield appeared to be under pressure and would often break into tears. Local residents near the bridge said they had seen the man traveling back and forth on the bridge on his motorcycle on the night prior to his death.
On Bloomfield’s Facebook page the man described himself as “The Rapping Professor.”
Pictures: Facebook and Tribun-Bali