Koh Tao autopsy raises medication + alcohol suspicions (updated)

Koh Tao autopsy raises medication + alcohol suspicions (updated)

AFP reports that a British backpacker who was found dead on a popular Thai tourist island had consumed a potentially fatal combination of alcohol and Valium, police said

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Tuesday afternoon update

Medication suspected in Koh Tao death

AFP reports that a British backpacker who was found dead on a popular Thai tourist island had consumed a potentially fatal combination of alcohol and Valium, police said
Tuesday citing preliminary autopsy data.

The body of Christina Annesley, 23, was discovered in a bungalow on Koh Tao, southern Thailand, last Wednesday.

"The initial results from the autopsy found Valium and alcohol in the victim's body," Thai police spokesman Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri, told AFP.

"There were no signs of rape," he added, saying the full autopsy results would be released within three days.

Monday morning update

Deputy National Police Chief Ruangsak Jritake shows reporters the medications found in the Koh Tao bungalow room where the body of British tourist Christina Annesley was found Wednesday night. Pol Maj Gen Dr Pornchai Sutheerakhun (right) said an initial autopsy found no signs of foul play. WICHIAN CHAROENKIARTPAKUN

Annesley autopsy: 'No foul play'

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The preliminary unofficial autopsy results for British tourist Christina Annesley, whose body was found dead inside a bungalow room on Koh Tao, showed no signs of physical violence or sexual abuse, chief of the Institute of Forensic Medicine said on Sunday.

Pol Maj Gen Dr Pornchai Sutheerakhun was speaking after a three-hour autopsy of Annesley at the institute at Police General Hospital in Bangkok to determine the cause of her death.

“The examination found no injury marks or traces of physical assault [to Annesley’s body],” Pol Maj Gen Dr Pornchai said.

The autopsy team could not officially conclude the cause of death yet as they had to wait for the result of toxicology tests, which will not be known until Monday evening at the earliest, he said.

The 23-year-old backpacker was found dead inside a bungalow room at the InTouch Resort on Koh Tao on Wednesday night.

Her death occurred just four months after two young Britons were found murdered on a nearby beach. In some of the many tweets she posted while on Koh Tao, Annesley had complained of a chest infection. She also said she was taking Tramadol, a powerful painkiller, while drinking.

Saturday afternoon update

The body of British tourist Christina Annesley arrives at the Institute of Forensic Science at Police General Hospital in Bangkok. WICHIAN CHAROENKIARTPAKUN

The body of British tourist Christina Annesley has been moved from Koh Tao, where she was found dead, to Bangkok for an autopsy that could begin on Sunday.

The body was put on a night ferry from the island on Friday night and arrived at Surat Thani on Saturday morning. From there it was taken by a pickup truck of the Kusolsattha Surat Thani Foundation, a rescue group, to the Institute of Forensic Science at Police General Hospital in Bangkok.

The 23-year-old backpacker was found dead inside a bungalow room at the InTouch Resort on Koh Tao on Wednesday night.

Morning story

A "selfie" taken by Christina Annesley and posted publicly to her Facebook page during her Thailand trip.

Another young British tourist has been found dead on Koh Tao, the beautiful but now infamous island where two British tourists were found brutally murdered last September.

Once again, the British media is giving heavy coverage to the death, but this time there are no accusations of murder. Although the cause of death is not yet known, the young woman appears to have died from natural causes.

Here is the story from AFP:

British backpacker found dead on Thai tourist island

Bangkok, January 23, AFP – A British backpacker has been discovered dead on the popular Thai tourist island of Koh Tao, police said Friday, four months after a British couple were found murdered there.

Police said the body of Christina Annesley, 23, was discovered inside a bungalow room at a resort on the eastern side of the island on Wednesday.

There were no immediate signs of criminal activity but her body will be sent to the mainland for an autopsy.

"There was no trace of a fight and her body has no wounds," local police officer Lieutenant Colonel Napa Senathit told AFP by telephone, adding that investigators discovered three kinds of medicine in her room, but no recreational drugs.

The autopsy is not likely to be carried out before Sunday as officials have to wait for a ferry to the mainland.

"There is no ferry today so we will send her body on Saturday night to arrive on the mainland Sunday morning," Lieutenant Colonel Napa said. (Update: The body was able to be moved Friday night and has now arrived in Bangkok)

Many of Annesley's final tweets – under the handle @chrstinadarling – spoke of the beauty of Koh Tao's white sand beaches and azure waters which are popular with backpackers and divers.

"In awe of how beautiful this place is," she wrote on January 19, posting a picture of one of the island's many beaches.

She also made reference to taking both Tramadol, a painkiller, and Valium, an anti-anxiety medication, in the days leading up to her death.

British daily The Telegraph said Christina's mother Margaret had posted on her daughter's Facebook page saying she had died of "natural causes". The Facebook page appeared to be inaccessible Friday.

"We have lost our beautiful daughter Chrissie in Thailand of natural causes," the paper reported her writing.

"We are totally devastated. We love you so much darling, rest in peace. We will bring you home soon xxxxxxxxxx Mum and Dad."

Annesley was a vocal libertarian campaigner for the UK Independence Party and was public with most of her life on social media, particularly Twitter where she documented most of her time in Thailand since arriving Jan 7. Her arrival here was the start of a four-month "gap-year" journey through Southeast Asia and Australia.

On the typical backpacker budget, Annesley roomed in Bangkok's Khao San Road before spending several days on Koh Samui before arriving in Koh Tao Jan 15.

During nearly all her time in Thailand Annesley was battling a chest infection, which left her feeling down on many days of the trip she was taking alone.

On Twitter, Annesley posted several times she was taking Tramadol, a powerful painkiller, while drinking. In several tweets during the past two weeks she also joked about the use of Valium, a tranquiliser, while battling the blues.

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  • abuse (noun): cruel, violent or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it - การข่มเหง, การปฏิบัติไม่ดีต่อ
  • accusation: a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • anxiety: an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future - ความวิตกกังวล
  • assault: attacking someone violently - การทำร้ายร่างกาย
  • autopsy: a medical examination of a dead person’s body to find out why they died - การชันสูตรศพ
  • awe: feelings of respect and slight fear; feelings of being very impressed by something/somebody - ความน่าเกรงขาม, ความกลัวเกรง
  • azure (adj): bright blue in colour like the sky - สีฟ้าเหมือนท้องฟ้า
  • backpacker (noun): A person who travels on holiday/vacation carrying equipment and clothes in a backpack (a large bag, often supported on a light metal frame, carried on the back and used especially by people who go climbing or walking) - ผู้ใส่กระเป๋าสะพายหลัง
  • battle: to try very hard to achieve something difficult or to deal with something unpleasant or dangerous - ต่อสู้, ดิ้นรนต่อสู้, มุ่งมั่นฝ่าฟัน
  • brutally: in an extremely violent or cruel way - อย่างโหดร้าย
  • budget: an amount of money able to be spent on something - งบประมาณ
  • bungalow: a house built all on one level, without stairs - บังกะโล, เรือนไม้ชั้นเดียว
  • campaigner: someone who tries to achieve political or social change by persuading other people or the government to do something - ผู้ต่อสู้,ผู้รณรงค์,ผู้โฆษณาเผยแพร่
  • cause: the person or thing that makes something happen - สาเหตุ
  • chest: the upper front part of the body of humans and some animals, between the stomach and the neck, containing the heart and lungs - หน้าอก
  • citing: mentioning as a reason - ให้ อ้างอิงเหตุผล
  • combination (noun): the mixture you get when two or more things are combined - การรวมกัน
  • conclude: to decide that something is true after looking at all the evidence you have - สรุป
  • consume: to eat, drink or use something - บริโภค
  • couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คุ่รัก
  • coverage: the reporting of news and sport in newspapers and on the radio, television or social media - การรายงานข่าว
  • criminal: illegal; against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
  • data: facts or information, especially when examined and used to find out things or to make decisions - ข้อมูล, ตัวเลข, สถิติ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • determine: to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something - กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
  • devastated : upset and shocked - หมดหวัง, ตกตะลึง, สะเทือนใจ
  • discover: to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ
  • document: to record the details of something - บันทึกข้อมูล
  • fatal: causing someone to die - ถึงตาย
  • ferry: a boat for taking passengers across an area of water, especially as a regular service - เรือรับส่งข้ามฟาก
  • forensic science: the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened - นิติวิทยาศาสตร์
  • foul play: violence or criminal action that causes someone’s death - อาชญากรรม
  • foundation: an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity - มูลนิธิ
  • gap-year (noun): a year that a young person spends working and/or travelling, often between leaving school and starting university -
  • handle (noun): a name or nickname - ชื่อหรือชื่อเล่น
  • immediate (adj): happening or done now, without any delay - ทันที; ทันทีทันใด
  • inaccessible: difficult or impossible to reach or get - ซึ่งเข้าไม่ถึง ซึ่งได้ยาก
  • infamous (adj): well known for something bad - เสียชื่อ, น่าอับอาย, น่าขายหน้
  • infection: a disease or medical condition that is caused by a bacteria or by a virus or a parasite - การติดเชื้อ
  • initial: early; first - เบื้องต้น
  • investigator: someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something - ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
  • journey: travelling from one place to another, especially when they are far apart - การเดินทาง
  • leading up to: the time before some event happens ... -
  • libertarian (noun): a person who strongly believes that people should have the freedom to do and think as they like - ผู้สนับสนุนหรือยึดถึงหลักแห่งเสรีภาพ
  • lieutenant colonel (noun): an officer of middle rank in the army (or police) - พันโทหรือนาวาโท
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • mainland: a large mass of land that forms the main part of a country but does not include any islands belonging to the country - แผ่นดินใหญ่
  • mark: a small area of dirt, a spot or a cut on a surface that spoils its appearance - รอย
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • medication: a medicine, or a set of medicines or drugs used to improve a particular condition or illness - ยารักษาโรค
  • murder (verb): to commit the crime of killing someone deliberately - ฆาตกรรม, สังหาร
  • natural: existing in nature; not made or caused by humans - เป็นธรรมชาติ, ตามธรรมชาติ
  • painkiller (noun): a drug that reduces pain - ยาแก้ปวด, ยาบรรเทาปวด
  • particularly: especially, or more than usual - โดยเฉพาะ
  • physical: connected with a person's body - เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • potentially: possibly - เป็นไปได้
  • preliminary: early; not final - ขั้นต้น, ขั้นแรก, เบื้องต้น, ชั้นต้น
  • public: open to people in general; intended to be seen or heard by people in general - อย่างเปิดเผยให้รู้
  • recreational drugs (noun): chemical substances, mostly illegal, taken for enjoyment rather than for medical reasons - ยาเสพติด
  • reference: mentioning someone or something - การอ้างถึง, การอ้างอิง
  • release: to make known to the public - เปิดเผย, ให้ข่าว, ปล่อยข่าว
  • reporter: someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
  • rescue: saving a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - การช่วยชีวิต
  • sign: a piece of evidence that something is happening or that something exists - ร่องรอย
  • social media: the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
  • the blues: feelings of sadness - ความเศร้า
  • toxicology test: a test to determine what substances were in a person’s body, particularly poisonous substance - การตรวจหาสารพิษ
  • trace (noun): a mark, an object or a sign that shows that somebody/something existed or was present - ร่องรอย
  • traces: very small amounts of a substance - ร่องรอย
  • tranquiliser (noun): a drug used to reduce anxiety - ยาสงบประสาทหลัก
  • typical: happening in the usual way; showing what something is usually like - ตามแบบฉบับ, ตามปกติ
  • unofficial (adj.): not having been proven or approved by anyone in authority - ไม่เป็นทางการ
  • violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย
  • vocal: expressing opinions frequently and strongly - แสดงความเห็น
  • wound: an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged - บาดแผล

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