Tan Soo Lin
Only one night into their holiday in Hat Yai, the husband of a Malaysian couple woke up in a hotel and found his wife dead next to him on the bed.
The manager of the Grand Pink Hotel on Saneha Nusorn Rd in Songkhla province reported the tragic incident to Hat Yai Provincial Police Station at 7:30 Saturday morning. Deputy Inspector Pol Capt Jamlong Kongsawad took over the case and, along with a medical examiner from Hat Yai Hospital and volunteers of the local rescue foundation Tong Sia Siang Duen, were dispatched to the scene.
Inside an Executive Double room, police discovered the body of Tan Soo Lin, a 39-year-old woman from Malaysia. “She was laying face up on the bed and looked like she was sleeping,” Pol Capt Jamlong described his first impression. “However, Mrs Lin was not asleep; she was already dead.”
“Mrs Lin was wearing navy-blue shorts and a shirt,” the inspector added. A brief on-the-spot examination of the body by the medical examiner did not find any external injuries. “Because of that, we believe that Mrs Lin might have died from a pre-existing medical condition,” Pol Capt Jamlong said.
The investigator’s theory was strengthened by the testimony of Mrs Lin’s husband who wished his name not to be mentioned by the media. Pol Capt Jamlong: “He told us that his wife had been suffering from a lengthy list of serious health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, asthma and thalassemia, a blood disorder. All of them can lead to death.”
Questioned about the circumstances surrounding Mrs Lin’s death, her husband said that they had both entered Thailand from Malaysia for a holiday just one day earlier on Friday, May 26. The couple checked into the Grand Pink Hotel which located in the city centre and, at around 23:30, went to bed.
“Everything was normal,” Mrs Lin’s husband told police. “She didn’t feel sick or behaved in an unusual way, so I thought that everything was fine.” However, when he woke up the next morning, he tried to shake up Mrs Lin, but she did not respond. “I then immediately called the reception and told them we need a doctor as soon as possible.”
Based on the evidence police have collected so far, they concluded that Mrs Lin might have died during her sleep. “A heart failure seems to be the most likely scenario,” Pol Capt Jamlong said. However, he stressed that this was only a theory. The exact cause of death will be determined by pathologists at Hat Yai Hospital within the next week, he said.