Mystery shrouds death of hostess

Mystery shrouds death of hostess

A probe is under way into the death of Whitchayaporn Visessombut. (Photo courtesy of wawa_manika IG)
A probe is under way into the death of Whitchayaporn Visessombut. (Photo courtesy of wawa_manika IG)

Police are to question a man who hired a young woman to serve drinks and entertain guests at his Bangkok home earlier this week, and who died the following day from respiratory and blood system failure.

The move comes after Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Peerapong Wongsaman on Thursday met investigators to check on progress in the case.

Atchariya Ruangrattanapong, chairman of the Crime Victims Assistance Club, earlier called for a police probe into the mysterious death of Whitchayaporn "Wa" Visessombut, 33, who died at Paolo Hospital Kaset in Chatuchak district after being hired to serve drinks at the homeowner's residence.

Pol Col Prasopchok Iemphinit, head of Phahon Yothin police station, said after the meeting that the woman's mother had told police that her daughter died on Tuesday morning soon after being admitted to the hospital unconscious around 6.30am.

Doctors said she had died from respiratory and blood system failure. The woman had worked as an entertainer before being approached by a modelling agent identified only as Ms Su to be a hostess at a party held by Mr Keng at his house on Monday night, said Pol Col Prasopchok.

Her relatives had turned to Mr Atchariya for help regarding the case, Pol Col Prasopchok said.

A post-mortem examination was to be carried out at Police General Hospital to determine whether there was any use drugs or alcohol in her system. Initial test results indicated she did not die of natural causes because she had no diseases, Pol Col Prasopchok said.

Police will call Mr Keng and other people at the house on Monday night for questioning.

Investigators learnt there were four women at the house that night. The case would become clearer in 1-2 days, Pol Col Prasopchok said.

Witchayaporn never used narcotics, just worked as a product presenter and never sold sex, Mr Atchariya quoted the dead woman's younger sister as saying.

A source said Mr Keng had contacted modelling agent Su to find a young woman to be a hostess. Ms Su contacted Witchayaporn for the job at his Phahon Yothin home for 7,500 baht.

The job started at 11pm on Monday, but by 6.30am the next day, two men had driven Witchayaporn to the hospital. Shortly after, Mr Keng turned up to pay the medical bill and claimed Witchayaporn had taken ecstasy. The woman died about 8.45am the same morning.

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