Man suspected of faking own death leaves note to ex on Bali cliff

A British entrepreneur suspected of faking his own death left a handwritten note to an old girlfriend at the top of a Bali cliff before vanishing.

Ryan Roth’s personal belongings, motorbike and the apparent suicide note were found on Monday on the edge of Uluwatu cliff near Pecatu Village.

The letter, which was found on a towel next to a bottle of alcohol was addressed to his former flame Alice Yu, from Hong Kong, who said he had been behaving normally in recent days.

Ryan Roth’s personal belongings, motorbike and the apparent suicide note were found on Monday on the edge of Uluwatu cliff near Pecatu Village. Source: Australscope

"I'm sorry Alice. I'm the man you fell in love with but past things I never did maybe you feel I was a stranger. I'll always love you. None of this is your fault. Your old man xx,” it read. 

Local police are investigating if the 39-year-old fell, jumped or walked away from the popular tourist spot after being unable to locate a body. 

"We went through all the procedures, but in the field in fact, we found no victims or signs that led to the fall of the victims," head of the search team Hari Adi Purnomo told Nine News.

The letter, which was found on a towel next to a bottle of alcohol was addressed to his former flame, Alice Yu, from Hong Kong. Source: Australscope

On Thursday, the publication revealed Mr Roth was wanted in Australia over fraud allegations and accused of scamming people across multiple countries – including Los Angeles, England and France.

Nine News claims Mr Roth, who reportedly used the alias Ryan Flynn, is accused of robbing an elderly lady after selling her a 1970 penny for $8100.

"Following a 2008 online fraud report allegedly involving a then aged 27-year-old man, officers from Sydney City Police Area Command conducted an investigation," a NSW Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.

"Investigators are yet to formally speak to the man who left the country."

The businessman, who was originally from Southampton, started companies including Roth Management and Kabu and Co., according to his Facebook. 

He also claims to have studied psychology at the University of Southhampton. 

"I'm sorry Alice. I'm the man you fell in love with but past things I never did maybe you feel I was a stranger. I'll always love you. None of this is your fault. Your old man xx,” the letter read. Source: Australscope
The Uluwatu cliffs in Bali, Indonesia. Source: Getty Images

It is understood he had been living in a villa near the cliff at the time of his disappearance. 

Locals reportedly told police they suspected the British man jumped off the cliff on the afternoon of January 19 and the motorbike had been sitting there for some time. 

The incident comes after a man from Belarus, 34, fell from the Tanjung Mebulu cliff in the same area of Pecatu in October, 2019. 

Local authorities searched for his body for seven days without success, with high tides believed to have swept his body away.

with Australscope

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