Naomi Belanger, 20 years old, and her sister Audrey, 26 years old, from Pohénégamook in the Lower St. Lawrence, Québec, were found dead on June 15
in their hotel room in the resort island of Phi Phi, Thailand.
Investigation In Thailand
The mysterious death of these two young Quebecers gave rise to a series of speculations ranging from a sudden death caused by allergy to the work of a
serial killer.In the hotel room of the victims, investigators found the bodies in their beds and traces of vomit. But no sign of forced entry,
struggle, violence or any evidence suggesting they were murdered have been discovered.
According to the doctor who examined the bodies of sisters to the local hospital in Krabi, it was not a natural death. Mouth and fingers of both
sisters were blued. According to the report of the autopsy performed on the bodies of two young women in Bangkok, Audrey and Naomi died from poisoning
DEET, a known insecticide against mosquitoes.
To die, the two women would have had to ingest a massive amount of DEET.
According to Thai police, who continued its investigation, the insecticide found in the bodies of the two women could find themselves in a common
popular drink in the country.
There is indeed a cocktail in Thailand very popular with young people for its euphoric effects. The mixture is composed of syrup against cough,
Coca-Cola, kratom leaves and DEET.
An excessively high doses of DEET in drinks that two young women have consumed the same evening in a local bar with Brazilian friends would have been
able to be fatal.
On June 21st the bodies were sent back to Canada.
Investigation in Canada
The thesis of DEET poisoning is challenged by the Quebec coroner responsible for shedding light on the causes of death of two sisters Bélanger in
Also, after analyzing the data in this report, Dr. René Blais from Quebec Poison Control Centre, came to this conclusion. According to him, the
reported concentrations DO NOT
correspond to doses of DEET necessary to be toxic, "let alone at a concentration which could be
Radio Canada's investigation
Journalists from Radio-Canada, went to Thailand and rented a room in the hotel where the sisters Bélanger died.
Following the advice of a chemist, they collected waste on the ground, the head of the bed and the air conditioner in the room to verify if the deaths
were not caused by pesticides used against bed bugs in different Hotels.
When they got back to Canada, all the samples were taken from them by the Police on orders of the Coroner before they could get analyzed.
Radio Canada (french CBC) is presently preparing a lawsuit against the Coroner.
Other Mysterious Deaths on Phi Phi Islands
In 2009, two young tourists, one from the United States and the other from Norway, who were staying at a nearby guest house also died under mysterious
Another spate of mysterious tourist deaths occurred last year in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, involving 6 visitors from different countries
staying at the same hotel in January and February. The cause of death was not established, though some evidence suggested the use of the chemical
spray chlorpyrifos, used to kill bedbugs, may have been responsible.
Could these 10 deaths have been caused by bed bug pesticide? If it is, The Thai government has no interest in the truth being revealed. Indeed, if it
is confirmed that pesticides deployed in hotel rooms can cause death or get sick, the Thai government has a lot of work to do: It will have to make a
tight control methods of extermination of insects across the country. At present, it seems that anyone can undertake in Thailand to exterminate
insects anyhow. This means that people without experience handling dangerous poisons and deploy them in hotel rooms without any method. The impact on
the tourist industry would be catastrophic if bed bug pesticide was killing tourists in Thailand.
Could Thai official been bribing the Quebec Coroner in order for the samples taken by the Radio Canada journalists to be destroyed in order to hide
The final report of the Quebec Coroner now in possession of the journalist's chemical samples taken in the hotel bedroom where the two young women
died should be made public soon.
To be continued...
edit on 11-10-2012 by AdamLaw because: (no reason given)