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Mysterious tourist death on Phi Phi

The mystery continues over the two tourists who were found dead in their guesthouse on the picturesque island of Phi Phi. USA citizen Jill St Onge and Norwegian Julie Bergheim died within hours of each other in Phi Phi Island Hospital near Phuket at th…


The mystery continues over the two tourists who were found dead in their guesthouse on the picturesque island of Phi Phi. USA citizen Jill St Onge and Norwegian Julie Bergheim died within hours of each other in Phi Phi Island Hospital near Phuket at the start of May. They had been staying in rooms next to each other at Phi Phi’s Laleena Guesthouse.

It was originally thought that the pair had died of food poisoning as there was no sign of violent death or external injury. However, food poisoning has now been ruled out as no toxic chemicals were found in the blood, bodily fluids and other tissues of the two women.

“I can say it definitely wasn’t food poisoning,” deputy chief of Krabi Public Health Office Dr Buncha Kahkhong, told the Phuket Gazette. “From the autopsy and blood tests and the questioning of witnesses it’s been established that the women ate different food prior to their deaths. This is looking like some freak accident. With cases like this, sometimes you never find the cause.”

The doctor also commented that if the women’s deaths had been a result of food poisoning there would probably be many more victims. With pressure being applied from foreign organizations for a result, the mystery continues.

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