A photo posted on the Facebook of Thitima Noraphanpiphat on Sunday. Her body was found in the early hours of Tuesday. (Lunlabelle Thitima Noraphanpiphat Facebook)
Police investigators will ask for the post-mortem results of Lunlabelle, a young product presenter, and believe they can solve her mysterious death at a Bangkok condominium within 48 hours.
The family of the woman has pinned their hopes on a Line chat coversation that could shed light on her death.
Thitima, 25, also known as Lunlabelle or Belle, was found dead on a lobby sofa at a condo in Talat Phlu of Bangkok’s Thon Buri area in the early hours of Tuesday.
Footage from security cameras showed a young man carrying an apparently unconscious Thitima into the building around 6pm on Monday, and then taking her to a room on the sixth floor. After a few hours, the same man put her on the sofa in the lobby where she was later found dead.
A doctor’s preliminary examination suggested that she died of heart failure. Police earlier said hers was an unnatural death. An initial inspection found no traces of drugs or other substances in her body but it was not clear whether they had tested her for alcohol.
Citing a doctor who performed the autopsy, Thai media reported on Wednesday fluids were found in her vagina and there were traces of vaginal tear, but police have not confirmed it.
A TV talk show revealed the chat messages in a Line group of which Rachadech Wongtabutr, 24, or Nam Oun, the prime suspect in the case, was allegedly a member. The person believed to be him had chatted with the group before and possibly after Belle died.
During an interrogation, Mr Rachadech, who also works as product presenter or “pretty boy’’, told police on Wednesday that he and some friends, including Thitima, were drinking at a house where they were hired to work in Bang Bua Thong area of Nonthaburi. He said Thitima had several glasses of alcohol, became drunk and then unconscious. He then took her to his condo.
Thai media reported a set of Line chat screenshots showing a conversation of someone by the name "P.Mhee.Model" in the group while other members and some of their replies were pixellated.
The person posted a photo of an unconscious Thitima in a car at 4.48pm on Monday. Another member wrote: "Next time, have her drink only a little".
Later, the person wrote at 5.55pm: "Her lips turn purple now. What should I do?" Then a reply: "What have you done?"
A photo of the woman in front of a lift was posted at 6.17pm with a message: "What should I do next?" Someone replied: "Carry her inside and clean her up."
At 7.27pm, a message read: "Her eyes are unfocused and her mouth is foaming. I thought RIP."
"At first I was told four bottles till drunk, so I gave her plenty."
Another message at 12.54pm read: "I couldn't wake her up." Then a reply: "Throw water at her. Do whatever it takes. It's no longer funny. Feel her pulse."
The person posted again: "I'm stumped. She's just drunk. Why so unconsious?"
After a few pixellated replies, the person posted at 1.41am: "So tired. Just carried her down to lobby."
At 1.48, the person wrote: "I'm back in the room. Belle's in lobby. She's still breathing."
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autopsy : a medical examination of a dead person’s body to find out why they died - การชันสูตรศพ
foaming (v): producing small bubbles -
interrogation : asking someone a lot of questions in order to get information - การสอบถาม, การซักถาม
lobby : a large area inside the entrance of a public building where people can meet and wait - ห้องโถง,ทางเข้า, ซุ้มประตู, ห้องรับรอง
pixellated (adj): having a low resolution; of an image where the individual parts are too large and unclear - ความละเอียดต่ำ
preliminary : an early part of a competition happening before the finals; an event or action that introduces or prepares for something else - ขั้นต้น, ขั้นแรก
prime : main or most important - ที่สำคัญที่สุด
pulse (noun): the regular beat of blood as it is sent around the body, that can be felt in different places, especially on the inside part of the wrist; the number of times the blood beats in a minute - ชีพจร, อัตราการเต้นของหัวใจ, จังหวะการเต้นของหัวใจ
shed light on : to provide information or details to help us understand something -
stumped (verb): confused; not knowing what to do - ตันปัญญา
tear : to pull something so that it separates into pieces or gets a hole in it, or to become damaged in this way - ฉีก
unconscious : in a sleeplike condition, usually from an illness or injury - หมดสติ
unnatural (adj): different from what is normal or expected, or from what is generally accepted as being right - ที่ผิดปกติ, ที่ไม่เป็นไปตามปกติ