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Shot taken in an unknown location of Audrey and Noemi Belanger

Phi Phi Deaths Riddle: Canadian Coroner to Autopsy Belanger Sisters

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The funeral of the Belanger sisters will be held on Saturday, June 30, in their home village, Pohenegamook, in the Lower St. Lawrence, Montreal newspapers reported on Sunday. Autopsies were completed on Friday. Investigators wish to talk to a Portuguese man only to find out what the two sisters ate and drank before being found dead.

Original Report

PHUKET: Second autopsies will be conducted in Canada on the sisters who died in mysterious circumstances on Phi Phi, reports from Canada said today.

The Quebec coroner, Renee Roussel, will perform the autopsies on Noemi Belanger, 26, and Audrey, 20, whose bodies arrived on Friday after preliminary autopsies in Bangkok.

The bodies of the sisters were found when a maid opened the door to their room at the Palm Residence Phi Phi last Friday to find them dead and bearing the hallmarks of toxic poisoning.

Experts say it might be some time before the Belanger family can know for sure what caused the deaths.

''We don't know how they proceeded in Thailand but, one thing is certain, it's not the first time that a second autopsy is performed in Quebec," said Charles Jodoin, a forensic expert, to the Canadian Press news agency.

"If they're taking the time to do it, it's because they've been able to get meaningful results in the past.

"You have to look at each organ, examine the tissues to determine if there are signs of the cause of death, but all depends on the manner in which they proceeded in Thailand."

In Thailand, initial autopsies were performed at at the Forensics Department of Bangkok's Ramathibodi Hospital on Tuesday with results expected within two weeks.

The deaths of the Belanger sisters follow the deaths of American Jill St Onge, 27, and Norwegian Julie Bergheim, 22, on the same Thai holiday island in 2009.

Ms St Onge was cremated but Ms Bergheim's body was returned to Norway where a second autopsy failed to produce a reason for their deaths.


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You look up the word "corrupt" in the dictionary:


1 - cause to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain:
there is a continuing fear of firms corrupting politicians in the search for contracts

cause to become morally depraved:
he has corrupted the boy

2 - Government and police in Kingdom of Thailand have been much corrupted:

dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.

Posted by MichaelfromCANADA on July 1, 2012 14:28

Editor Comment:

I am not sure what you're thinking but this case and others like it has more to do with the lack of an independent coroner who can order an investigation and come up with an independent finding. It's hard to see where corruption comes into it.

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