Published On: Fri, Aug 31st, 2012

Thai police say Quebec sisters died from insecticide

The death earlier this year in Thailand of two sisters from Quebec was caused by insecticide, Thai police told a local newspaper.

The Phuket Wan newspaper reported that police in the province of Krabi provided few other details about the deaths of Audrey and Noémi Bélanger, saying it could take up to three more months before official autopsy results are revealed.

After the sisters were found dead on June 15, it was speculated that poisoning, probably accidental, played a role. Police said they found no signs of foul play at their hotel room on the island of Phi Phi.

However, officers did find a lot of vomit in the room and there was blood on the young women’s faces. Investigators said those could be signs of a toxic reaction.

In 2009, two young tourists, one from the United States and the other from Norway, who were staying at a nearby guest house also died under mysterious circumstances.

Their deaths remain unsolved, but there was speculation the women had been poisoned.

Another spate of mysterious tourist deaths occurred last year in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, involving several visitors from different countries staying at the same hotel in January and February.

The cause of death was not established, though some evidence suggested the use of the chemical spray chlorpyrifos, used to kill bedbugs, may have been responsible.

Audrey Bélanger, 20, and Noémi Bélanger, 25, were from Pohénégamook, in Quebec’s Lower Saint Lawrence region.

(CBC News)

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