Cyanide Poisoning - 2 Tourists Dead at Thailand Phi Phi Resort

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Sammi

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Laleena guesthouse, Phi Phi Island, Thailand.

Jill St. Onge, a 27-year-old artist from Seattle, Washington, and Julie Michelle Bergheim, a 22-year-old Norwegian woman, died at the same resort on Thailand's Phi Phi Island just over a week ago.

The results of the autopsies have not been released by police, who are citing privacy issues.

St. Onge's fiance, Ryan Kells, accompanied her remains as they were flown to the United States on Saturday, her family told CNN.

"Jill's ashes are now with her mother," Robert St. Onge, Jill's brother, wrote on a Web site created to update friends and family. "Thank God every one made it back safe."

Thai police investigators have ruled out poisoning from the nearby water treatment plant, according to police sources on Phi Phi Island and in its province, Krabi. They are concentrating their investigation on whether the women died from food poisoning, either from food or beverages, according to the sources who did not want to be named pending the ongoing investigation.

The owner of Laleena, the guesthouse where the women were staying, told CNN that his facility had nothing to do with the case. He had earlier said in published reports that he believes the women's deaths came from drinking heavily.

St. Onge had been visiting Thailand with Kells at the end of a three-month journey, during which the two had become engaged.

A week before her death, the 27-year-old woman wrote in her online journal a description of the surroundings near where the Leonardo Dicaprio movie "The Beach" was filmed.

"Hey hey! We're in koh phi phi right now. It's off the west coast of Thailand about a 2 hour boat ride from krabi. So amazing ... just drinking eating and living so cheaply and having a blast. Food, drink, good books, sun and warm waters ... What else do ya need?," St. Onge blogged on April 26.

On May 2, Kells found St. Onge vomiting in their hotel room. She had told him earlier that she had not been feeling well. He put her into a shopping cart and searched for help.

"She couldn't breathe, she was vomiting," Kells, 31, told CNN affiliate KGO-TV. "I tried to run her to a hospital and she ended up passing within maybe 12 hours of being sick."

Robert St. Onge said his sister had been healthy and that her sudden death was a mystery.

"It's such a shock," he told CNN. "There was no way to hear last words or even see her because she has already been cremated."

In Internet postings on the family's blog, Kells also described feeling ill at the hotel and said that he believed something in their room had made the couple sick. VIDEO INTERVIEW http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/05/11/thailand...

In Internet postings on the family's blog, Kells also described feeling ill at the hotel and said that he believed something in their room had made the couple sick.

He said he had spent less time in their room than his fiancee.

Norway's Foreign Ministry is still waiting for the results of Thailand's post-mortem examination, and is in constant contact with Bergheim's family, ministry spokesman Christian Hansson told CNN.

Bergheim -- a student in Sydney, Australia -- had stopped in Thailand with a friend before returning to Norway, according to Norwegian state media. Her friend also became seriously ill, but has since recovered, the reports said.

Norwegian newspaper Netteavisen -- citing local police chief Nopadon Klom Thong -- reported that traces of cyanide were found in the dead woman's stomach.

"The police know we are concerned about this. But as with any investigation, it could take some time," Turner said.

He said the family had been given tissue samples so they could have testing done by an independent laboratory.
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/05/11/thailand...
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Sammi wrote:
Laleena guesthouse, Phi Phi Island, Thailand.

Jill St. Onge, a 27-year-old artist from Seattle, Washington, and Julie Michelle Bergheim, a 22-year-old Norwegian woman, died at the same resort on Thailand's Phi Phi Island just over a week ago.

The results of the autopsies have not been released by police, who are citing privacy issues.
St. Onge's fiance, Ryan Kells, accompanied her remains as they were flown to the United States on Saturday, her family told CNN.
"Jill's ashes are now with her mother," Robert St. Onge, Jill's brother, wrote on a Web site created to update friends and family. "Thank God every one made it back safe."
Thai police investigators have ruled out poisoning from the nearby water treatment plant, according to police sources on Phi Phi Island and in its province, Krabi. They are concentrating their investigation on whether the women died from food poisoning, either from food or beverages, according to the sources who did not want to be named pending the ongoing investigation.

Robert St. Onge said his sister had been healthy
and that her sudden death was a mystery.

"It's such a shock," he told CNN. "There was no way to hear last words or even see her because she has already been cremated."

In Internet postings on the family's blog, Kells also described feeling ill at the hotel and said that he believed something in their room had made the couple sick. VIDEO INTERVIEW http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/05/11/thailand...

In Internet postings on the family's blog, Kells also described feeling ill at the hotel and said that he believed something in their room had made the couple sick.
He said he had spent less time in their room than his fiancee.

Norway's Foreign Ministry is still waiting for the results of Thailand's post-mortem examination, and is in constant contact with Bergheim's family, ministry spokesman Christian Hansson told CNN.

Bergheim -- a student in Sydney, Australia -- had stopped in Thailand with a friend before returning to Norway, according to Norwegian state media. Her friend also became seriously ill, but has since recovered, the reports said.

Norwegian newspaper Netteavisen -- citing local police chief Nopadon Klom Thong -- reported that traces of cyanide were found in the dead woman's stomach.

"The police know we are concerned about this. But as with any investigation, it could take some time," Turner said.

He said the family had been given tissue samples so they could have testing done by an independent laboratory.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/05/11/thailand...
This is devastating.......... something STRANGE happening here, especially for the body to be cremated to so quickly and without authority, so t o cover up the cyanide poisoning for sure.

If I was the family, I would also get the 'piece of tissue' DNA tested to make sure it is even their daughter.

This is an international scandal!

Backpackers be aware.
Thai Wary

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May 12, 2009
 
Good luck getting to the bottom of this. There have been 5 tourist deaths in that region within a month. Thai police mistakenly leaked the results of preliminary autopsy report on the Norwegian women, she had been exposed to cyanide, but they have since recanted and claimed it was a mis-understanding. The Norwegian paper initially reporting this stands by its report

If tourists knew how unsafe it really is here, no one would visit (aside from sex tourists..)

Check out www.investigateudom.com for the cover up on 1-2 Go air crash in Phuket- turns out no one was flying the plane while trying to land in monsson winds.
Thailand WOULD be a joke , if it weren't for all the tragedies .
Condolences

Check out http://blog.nationmultimedia.com/ChristySweet...

and ThaiVisa.com forum

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Norwegian-Woman...

for all the news gathered on this.
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May 12, 2009
 
Thai Wary wrote:
Good luck getting to the bottom of this. There have been 5 tourist deaths in that region within a month. Thai police mistakenly leaked the results of preliminary autopsy report on the Norwegian women, she had been exposed to cyanide, but they have since recanted and claimed it was a mis-understanding. The Norwegian paper initially reporting this stands by its report
If tourists knew how unsafe it really is here, no one would visit (aside from sex tourists..)
Check out www.investigateudom.com for the cover up on 1-2 Go air crash in Phuket- turns out no one was flying the plane while trying to land in monsson winds.
Thailand WOULD be a joke , if it weren't for all the tragedies .
Condolences
Check out http://blog.nationmultimedia.com/ChristySweet...
and ThaiVisa.com forum
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Norwegian-Woman...
for all the news gathered on this.
wow
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May 12, 2009
 
Thai Wary wrote:
Good luck getting to the bottom of this. There have been 5 tourist deaths in that region within a month. Thai police mistakenly leaked the results of preliminary autopsy report on the Norwegian women, she had been exposed to cyanide, but they have since recanted and claimed it was a mis-understanding. The Norwegian paper initially reporting this stands by its report
If tourists knew how unsafe it really is here, no one would visit (aside from sex tourists..)
Check out www.investigateudom.com for the cover up on 1-2 Go air crash in Phuket- turns out no one was flying the plane while trying to land in monsson winds.
Thailand WOULD be a joke , if it weren't for all the tragedies .
Condolences
Check out http://blog.nationmultimedia.com/ChristySweet...
and ThaiVisa.com forum
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Norwegian-Woman...
for all the news gathered on this.
WOW!!
This is all unbelievable ..
Did you see this

CDNN provides a list of recently murdered foreigners in Thailand. Visit the website for hotlinks to stories.
http://www.cdnn.info/news/travel/t090508b.htm...

Tourist murders
While the mainstream media continues to promote Thailand as a holiday paradise, violence against tourists, especially women, has increased sharply in recent years.
In March, a British tourist was murdered on his sailboat.
Last January police arrested a local Thai man for the murder of a German woman who was killed during a full moon party on a beach in southern Thailand.
In 2007, two young female tourists were murdered on the beach in Pattaya.
In January 2006, two Thai men were convicted of raping and killing 21-year-old British tourist Katherine Horton on Koh Samui.
The next day, a Swedish woman who was visiting Thailand with her husband and children, was also raped on Koh Samui.
http://friskodude.blogspot.com/2009/05/wester...
Andrew

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May 12, 2009
 
CDNN provides a list of recently murdered foreigners in Thailand. Visit the website for hotlinks to stories.
http://www.cdnn.info/news/travel/t090508b.htm...

LIST OF THE DEAD
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THAILAND - Fishermen find body of murdered British tourist
THAILAND - Pirates attack, kills British yachtie near Koh Dong
THAILAND - Crippled UK diver warns tourists not to visit Thailand
THAILAND - Thai man arrested, charged with murdering tourists
THAILAND - Police double reward for capture of Thailand tourist killer
THAILAND - Game show winner helping to track down tourist killer
THAILAND - Tour guide key suspect in Thailand tourist murder case
THAILAND -$3k reward for capture of gunman who killed tourists
THAILAND - Two female tourists shot dead on Thailand resort beach
THAILAND - Murder in Thailand: another tourist shot dead
THAILAND - Thai men who raped, killed British tourist escape death
THAILAND - Paradise lost: Another tourist raped at Thailand resort island
THAILAND - Increasing violence against tourists threatens Thailand's tourism industry
THAILAND - Thai killers get death sentence for murdering tourist

PHUKET, Thailand (8 May 2009)ó A Swiss woman was found dead on a beach in Krabi where she may have been strangled and robbed. Edith Jungen, believed to be in her 30s, was found in shallow water on Noppharat Beach in Tambon Ao Nang in Krabi's Muang district.

According to unconfirmed reports, Jungen was found with the strap of her handbag tied around her neck as if she had been strangled to death. Police said the victim checked in to the Andaman Sunset Hotel on Tuesday and checked out a day later. Her body was found near the hotel. Witnesses told police Jungen had been upset and feared that she would be attacked.

Tourist murders

While the mainstream media continues to promote Thailand as a holiday paradise, violence against tourists, especially women, has increased sharply in recent years.

In March, a British tourist was murdered on his sailboat.

Last January police arrested a local Thai man for the murder of a German woman who was killed during a full moon party on a beach in southern Thailand.

In 2007, two young female tourists were murdered on the beach in Pattaya.

In January 2006, two Thai men were convicted of raping and killing 21-year-old British tourist Katherine Horton on Koh Samui.

The next day, a Swedish woman who was visiting Thailand with her husband and children, was also raped on Koh Samui.
http://friskodude.blogspot.com/2009/05/wester...
Joy

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May 15, 2009
 
Later updated this week; 5-7 shipping Containers Full of Bodies Discovered in Sattahip, Thailand.


http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-255275

http://www.google.com/search...
A qu

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May 24, 2009
 
INTERESTING
-Epidemiologists involved in the case told Phuketwan today from Bangkok that they had no knowledge of Friday's check and were not involved.
Brian Anderson

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Aug 31, 2009
 
Thailand is a Cursed Country By God its More sinful Than Las Vegas, if you like to Live a Long Life Please Donít Visit Their, Foreigners get Murdered every day an as per the British Secret Police 224 Britons killed in Thailand on 2008 alone.

Please Donít Visit Thailand,

Enjoy your Life in,

1. Caribbean
2. Hawaii
3. Sri Lanka
Thailand_Warning

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Mar 11, 2011
 
And it is happening AGAIN in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Four (4) deaths in same hotel and another a week prior diff hotel same owners- BIG WIG Thai family chain hotel group ) symptoms are being reported.
http://teakdoor.com/thailand-and-asia-news/86...
Most suspicious?
- almost always attractive woman that are dying.

http://teakdoor.com/thailand-and-asia-news/86...
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The Beach Resort Krabi Resort and Hotel is nestled on the unspoiled and peaceful Haad Yao beach in Krabi, Thailand. Baan Krabi Resort since in 2008 this is the brand new accommodation in Krabi Town, and the best of choice for tourist. Krabi is located in southern Thailand, on the Andaman Sea where countless natural attractions abound. Transfer service round trip from Krabi International airport to Resort, Except Green Season and Not applicable Phuket Airport etc. Though the resort enjoys a blissfully quiet location, it is just 30 min away from Krabi International Airport and a short 10 min walk.
http://www.theseahousebeachresort.com
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Feb 3, 2013
 
a large percentage of tourist especially British , American and Australian behave badly. I have witnessed how they discriminate and treat politeness of the Thai people as weakness this i have seen on many an occasion. And the tourist mostly behave as though they own Thailand just because they have some money power at the time and also misbehave after drinks , but mostly treat the thai women as sex objects . This is one reason that the Thai 's dislike Farang's.
And please do not try to change the Thai physic to be western they are Asian for heaven sake .
Beware Thai

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May 20, 2013
 
Had very strange experience at Karon, Phuket a couple of years ago. We stayed at a hotel with a family of our friends. Local lady waiters seemed to dislike my friend's wife, a very attractive lady, from the very start. Then we had kind of a conflict with a European hotel manager, a very rude guy. We stopped eating at the hotel restaurant just to be on the safe side and advised our friends to do so, but they wouldn't listen. My friend's wife had a severe poisoning, the aftereffects lasted for several weeks, liver badly affected.

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