AFP reports that a British backpacker who was found dead on a popular Thai tourist island had consumed a potentially fatal combination of alcohol and Valium, police said Tuesday citing preliminary autopsy data.
The body of Christina Annesley, 23, was discovered in a bungalow on Koh Tao, southern Thailand, last Wednesday. “The initial results from the autopsy found Valium and alcohol in the victim’s body,” Thai police spokesman Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri, told AFP. “There were no signs of rape,” he added, saying the full autopsy results would be released within three days.
The preliminary unofficial autopsy results for the British tourist showed no signs of physical violence or sexual abuse, chief of the Institute of Forensic Medicine said on Sunday. Pol Maj Gen Dr Pornchai Sutheerakhun was speaking after a three-hour autopsy of Annesley at the institute at Police General Hospital in Bangkok to determine the cause of her death.
“The examination found no injury marks or traces of physical assault [to Annesley’s body],” Pol Maj Gen Dr Pornchai said. The autopsy team could not officially conclude the cause of death yet as they had to wait for the result of toxicology tests, which will not be known until Monday evening at the earliest, he said.
The 23-year-old backpacker was found dead inside a bungalow room at the InTouch Resort on Koh Tao on Wednesday night. In some of the many tweets she posted while on Koh Tao, Annesley had complained of a chest infection. She also said she was taking Tramadol, a powerful painkiller, while drinking.
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