Police are trying to pinpoint what had motivated an only 26-year-old Dutch woman to end her life by leaping from the fifth floor of a car park in Chiang Mai Saturday afternoon.
Nouschka Kuus was found with life-threatening injuries in the car park’s courtyard of the Chiangmai Grandview Hotel & Convention Center in the province’s Chang Phueak subdistrict. Police and local rescue volunteers found the only 26-year-old young woman after a distress call by a Thai woman who, as police later found out, had come with Ms Kuus to the hotel and was nearby when the incident occurred.
When paramedics arrived at 17:10, Ms Kuus was still alive, Pol Maj Satidchai Nitayawan from Chang Phueak Provincial Police Station confirmed. However, even though she was immediately rushed to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, doctors could not save the life of the Utrecht-born woman and had to pronounce her dead.
Police tried to reconstruct the events and questioned Ms Gridima Limsiri who had called the authorities. She said that she and Ms Kuus had driven to the hotel for a sales presentation for the international marketing company Unicity. After giving holding a presentation in one of the hotel’s conference rooms, both left the building at around 16:00 and made their way to the car park to pick up their car.
According to Ms Gridima, the two first went to the wrong level on the fifth floor. Ms Gridima then picked up the car while Ms Kuus waited on the fifth floor. When she came back to collect her, Ms Kuus was gone, prompting Ms Gridima to call a friend who worked at the hotel who then found the severely injured Dutchwoman on the floor next to the car park.
To find out what had motivated Ms Kuus to end her life so unexpectedly, police examined the mobile phone of the deceased. They found an outgoing text message sent to a person named Jerry Perry one day earlier at 19:21, saying: “You don’t have to worry about me. Take care of yourself. If anything happens to me, please don’t blame yourself. We cannot please everybody.”
Another message was sent to the 35-year-old French boyfriend of Ms Kuus. Upon questioning, he told police that he saw Ms Kuus for the last time on June 24 at around 19:00. He stressed there had been no argument and that Ms Kuus behaved as always.
According to an online obituary>, Ms Kuus had lost her brother three years earlier. He, too, had committed suicide.
Police officers and investigators from both Chang Phueak and Phuping Provincial Police Station are investigating the case. The Dutch Embassy in Bangkok has already been notified of the tragic incident.
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