There is something rotten in Thailand. Western travellers are winding up dead from mysterious causes, and authorities do not seem to be too concerned. If you are planning a trip to Thailand in the near future, you may want to wait long enough to hear the story of Elise Dallemagne.
Thai law enforcement authorities have released a closed circuit security picture of thirty year old Belgian Elise Dallemagne, who disappeared on April 21. This is believed to be the last image of her before being discovered days later, hanging from a tree and partially eaten by lizards.
Dallemagne is the eighth European to die under mysterious circumstances on the island of Koh Tao in the last three years.
On April 28, Dallemagne’s body was recovered when it was discovered in a wooded area, hanging from a tree and having been partially eaten by the island’s famous monitor lizards. Investigators initially called it a suicide, however they have reopened the case at the insistence of her family.
Dallemagne had been on a backpacking trip through Thailand when she ventured to the resort island of Koh Tao. Investigators believe she was using a pseudonym when she registered at a local hotel. In the guest registry, she had first written her name, then crossed it out and wrote Dubuis instead.
A resort employee stated that she had checked into the Triple B hotel on April 19, asking for the least expensive room. They also claim that she had refused to show the front desk clerk her travel documents and identification, but assured the staffer she would provide them later.
Preecha Kaldsawad, Colonel of the Surat Thani Police Department said “Police continue to look for new evidence, because it was an unnatural death, but we have not found any.”
Dallemagne’s luggage had been forwarded on to Chumphon province, arriving after her death.
Michele van Egten, Dallemagne’s mother, believes that the local police are covering up details of their investigation to suppress public awareness of a series of gruesome deaths by foreign travellers.
Speaking with the magazine Der Farang, van Egten said “I do not believe what the police have told us. We fear somebody else was involved. We’re more and more thinking that the police information is not the right explanation.Too many things show us that someone is involved. Police told us that Elise hanged herself up in the jungle. I cannot accept why my daughter should have killed herself. She was normal in the last conversation and no signs of depression were visible. I don’t know why she would have booked a transfer to Bangkok and then went into the jungle to commit suicide. I am devastated by events. I am still waiting for the final autopsy report. We just want more information. My daughter had been travelling for two and a half years in India, Australia and New Zealand and always back again to Thailand.
She lived there for months with Guru Raaman Andreas from Germany and two female friends”
She is the eighth European visitor to die mysteriously on the island in the last three years
The death on Koh Tao is the latest in a number of cases involving foreigners.
In 2014, Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were bludgeoned to death. Hannah had also been raped. This first case was the only one to be investigated as a murder, mostly due to intense pressure on local police from outsiders. Valentina Novozhyonova disappeared this past March and has not been located.
In 2016, Luke Miller of the Isle of Wight was found dead in a swimming pool.
In January 2015, Christina Annesley reportedly died from mixing antibiotics and alcohol.
Frenchman Dimitri Povse was found hanged in a bungalow in 2015. Despite the fact that his hands were tied behind his back, his death was ruled a suicide.
In 2014, Nick Pearson was found floating off the beach. The police claim he jumped fifty feet off a cliff into the surf and drowned. His parents believe he was murdered.
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