A Russian woman ended her life by jumping to her death from the 6th floor of a hotel in Phuket while her 10-year-old daughter was sleeping in the same hotel on the 2nd floor.
A staff of a hotel on Prachanukhro Rd reported the incident to police who, accompanied by rescue volunteers of the Kusoldharm Phuket Foundation, rushed to the scene at about 02:00 early Wednesday morning. Police declined to reveal the name of the hotel but said it was located in Phuket’s Patong subdistrict in Kathu district close to Patong Beach.
“When we arrived, we found a severely injured woman on the ground in front of the hotel,” deputy superintendent Pol Lt Col Jongserm Bricha told reporters later that day. “The knee joint of her left leg was broken. The bone of her right leg’s ankle had pierced through the skin and was bleeding profusely. She was barely conscious.”
While rescue workers rushed the woman to Patong Hospital, Pol Lt Tanon Mueangklaeo began to investigate the incident. Police quickly identified the woman as Polina Tarasova, a 39-year-old tourist from the Tyumen region in Russia who had been staying in the hotel for two days. She was due to check out on July 25, Pol Lt Col Jongserm reported.
Police first inspected the hotel’s rooftop where they found a pair of slippers on the side of the building where Ms Tarasova was found. When officers entered the tourist’s room on the 2nd floor, they were surprised to find her daughter who had been in the room while Ms Tarasova fell to her death. Tourist police brought the scared 10-year-old to the Russian consulate in Phuket where officials are now looking after her until relatives of the girl come to pick her up.
During the investigation, employees of the hotel where Ms Tarasova had been staying told police that they saw her on the phone shortly before she jumped off the building. “We were told that she was seen fighting with her boyfriend over the phone,” Pol Lt Col Jongserm said. “However, the conversation was in Russian, so none of the employees understood what it was about.”
About four hours after her fall, a staff of Patong Hospital informed Pol Lt Col Jongserm of Ms Tarasova’s death. Doctors had pronounced her dead at 06:30 early Wednesday morning.
Police now believe that Ms Tarasova’s fall from the hotel’s rooftop was intentional: “We think she committed suicide due to personal problems with her partner,” Pol Lt Col Jongserm stated. “However, we are working with the hotel and will review any CCTV footage available and continue our investigation.”
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