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Krabi police have not been able to determine what killed two sisters at their hotel room on Koh Phi Phi. Further tests will be necessary either in Bangkok or Songkhla.
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Police baffled over death of sisters
Sisters Noemi, 20, (left) and Audrey Belanger, 26, in copies of their passport photos. (Provided by Royal Thai Police)
Krabi police are struggling to find clues about the mysterious death of two Canadian sisters at their hotel room on Koh Phi Phi.
The bodies of Noemi Belanger, 26 and Audrey Belanger, 20, were found in their hotel room on Koh Phi Phi off Krabi province on Friday.
Muang Krabi police chief Thaksin Pochakorn said there were no signs of a struggle in their rooms or on their bodies, and investigators were looking for other possible causes of the deaths.
Some type of poisoning seems possible.
"They were clearly suffering the effects it appears of some kind of poison, some kind of toxic inhalation perhaps. Or something they ate or drank," Alan Morison, editor of the Phuket Wan Tourism News, told a Canadian TV station yesterday.
Police said large amounts of vomit were found in the room and the women had bleeding gums and bleeding under the skin. Their nails appeared to be blackened.
Krabi hospital director Komgrib Phukittayakamee said Sunday the women's bodies, which were being kept at his hospital, will be sent for a post-mortem examination at either the Police General Hospital in Bangkok or at Songklanagarind Hospital.
Dr Komgrib said he and Phi Phi hospital director Duangporn Paothong had jointly examined the dead bodies of the tourists and found they had suffered no physical injuries. It was too soon to pinpoint the cause of the deaths, he said, adding that bleeding gums and bleeding under the skin were not always linked to poisoning.
The holidaying sisters checked in at Phi Phi Palms Residence in tambon Ao Nang of Muang district last Tuesday.
Witnesses said the women went out and returned to the room late at night and did not come out in the morning.
Concerned hotel staff used a master key to enter the ground-floor room.
A cousin told a Canadian newspaper that says pair studied in Quebec City with their eldest sister, but worked at the family store in a small community of roughly 3,000.
Adapted from a story by Kultida Samabuddhi in today’s Bangkok Post and agency sources.
baffled – completely confused งง, ฉงน
struggle – to try hard to do something that you find very difficult พยายาม
clue – an object or fact that someone discovers that helps them solve a crime or mystery เบาะแส, ร่องรอย
mysterious – not explained or understood; full of secrets ลึกลับ, น่าพิศวง, น่าประหลาด
struggle – fighting somebody or trying to get away from them การต่อสู้
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something – ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
cause – the person or thing that makes something happen สาเหตุ
poison – a substance that causes death or harm if it is swallowed or absorbed into the body ยาพิษ
suffer – to experience something very unpleasant or painful ประสบ
effect – a change that somebody/something causes in somebody/something else; a result ผลกระทบ
toxic – poisonous and harmful to people, animals or the environment เป็นพิษ
inhalation – the process of breathing in การหายใจเข้า
editor – a person who is in charge of a newspaper, magazine, etc, or part of one, and who decides what should be included บรรณาธิการ
vomit – food from the stomach brought back out through the mouth สิ่งที่อาเจียนออกมา
gums – the firm areas of flesh in the mouth to which the teeth are attached เหงือก
(finger)nail – any of the hard smooth parts that cover the ends of your fingers เล็บมือ
post-mortem – a medical examination of the body of a dead person in order to find out how they died การชันสูตร
jointly – done together อย่างร่วมกัน, พร้อมกัน, ด้วยกัน
physical – connected with a person's body เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
pinpoint – to discover or explain exactly what something is เจาะจง
linked – connected เชื่อมต่อ เชื่อมโยง
concerned – worried about something มีความกังวล
pair – two people who are doing something together คู่
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
roughly – approximately but not exactly โดยประมาณ, อย่างคร่าวๆ