by Agence France Presse
Two Canadian sisters found dead in their hotel room on a popular Thai resort island may have been the victims of â€œserious food poisoningâ€, police said Sunday.
The bodies of Audrey and Noemi Belanger, aged 20 and 26, were found Friday by hotel staff on Phi Phi island in the Andaman Sea, 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Bangkok, showings signs of having suffered an extreme toxic reaction.
â€œForensic officials found vomit in the room, blood on their lips and gums and their fingernails and toenails were blue,â€ lieutenant colonel Rat Somboon of Krabi Provincial Police said, adding there were â€œsigns of serious food poisoning.â€
â€œThey died more than 12 hours before being found. They had eaten meals outside the hotel,â€ he said.
The bodies of the sisters, who were from Canadaâ€™s French-speaking Quebec province, were taken from Phi Phi to the nearby town of Krabi on Thailandâ€™s Andaman seaboard, where a probe into the cause of the deaths was underway, he added.
Lieutenant Pongpan Waiyawat, of Phi Phiâ€™s police force said more details would be released â€œonce there is some progressâ€, adding there was no indication of a violent struggle inside their room at the Palm Residence Hotel.
Thailand is a tourist magnet but its image as the â€œLand of Smilesâ€ has been tested in recent years by deadly political unrest, devastating floods and more recently a bungled bomb plot involving Iranian suspects.