Elise Dallemagne, 30, was found dead on Thai island Koh Tao back in April, with her death ruled as a suicide. But mother Michele van Egten says she does not believe that version of events
Elise escaped an unexplained resort fire less than two weeks before her ‘suicide’
She had been living as part of a cult on a nearby island after two years in Asia
Daily Mail reports that Seven foreigners have died on that island in three years, with most ruled as suicides.
The final photo of Elise at Thai holiday island has been released by authorities.The low-resolution black and white image, taken from CCTV camera footage recorded on April 21, shows a woman identified as Elise Dallemagne heading down a pathway on Koh Tao.
The 30-year-old Belgian was found on April 28. Authorities determined that she hanged herself on the island where seven other foreigners have died in the last three years.
Thai police are now re-opening an investigation into the ‘suicide’ of Elise Dallemagne who was found in dense jungle while her family are maintaining she was murdered.
The mystery surrounding Elise’s death has grown after it was revealed she was using a fake last name to check into accommodation in the weeks before her death.
According to reports in Thailand, she crossed out the name Dallemagne and wrote in Dupuis instead.
An unnamed worker is said to have told police that the backpacker checked into the Triple B Hotel at Mae Hat bay on April 19, and asked for the cheapest room.
Dallemagne also refused to provide hotel management with her passport details, insisting she would ‘provide them later’, the worker said.
Last month, posts on social media said Dallemagne had booked a ticket to Chumphon province, on the mainland, and that her luggage arrived after her death, raising questions of her intentions to take her own life.
‘Police continue to look for new evidence, because it was an unnatural death, but we have not found any,’ Police Colonel Preecha Kladsawad, deputy of Surat Thani police, said.