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Aino Marianne Seppala: she died alone on Phuket with her dog for company

Sad Death for Phuket Expat Loner With Faithful Dog By Her Side

Monday, June 10, 2013

The dead woman has been named as Aino Marianne Seppala.

Original Report

PHUKET: A long-term expat has died a sad, lonely death in southern Phuket, with her faithful dog by her side.

The 56-year-old Swedish woman had been dead for about 10 days when Kusoldharm Foundation Phuket paramedics found her body yesterday.

She was stretched out on a sofa in her rented single-storey house in Vichit, south of Phuket City.

The television was still on, paramedics said. The woman was dressed in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt with a large Thai flag depicted on the front.

There was no sign of a disturbance, police said. Close to the sofa was a low table with a whisky bottle, medicines and an ashtray with an unsmoked cigarette on it.

The woman's furry black dog remained with her in the house.

The owner of the rented home alerted police to concerns about the woman, a long-term expat.

Her body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City.

Phuketwan broke the news of the woman's death to envoys today but will not publish the woman's name until her family in Sweden have been notified.


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56 is way too young. RIP. Your dog was with you to the end. I hope someone finds a good home for it.

Posted by Ben on June 10, 2013 11:00


"Sad, lonely? Dog at her side" or is the dog just trapped inside? All flowery conjecture based on the usual sexist preconceptions of women who reside alone.

Posted by EB48 on June 10, 2013 11:41

Editor Comment:

We're saddened by this death but it seems you have an odd agenda to pursue. There's nothing flowery about death. Male or female, laying undiscovered for 10 days makes you a loner.
If you can't even offer sympathy in the face of tragedy, we feel sorry for you. We don't want your warped opinion. Add something of value, or don't bother.


There have been many cases where dogs stay with their deceased owner to a point where they die of dehydration and starvation, even if they could easily leave.

Many may dismiss them as mere animals but dogs are incredibly sensitive and intelligent. They can read your feelings and emotions with amazing accuracy.

There's nothing or nobody more loyal and reliable than a dog. People are a distant second.

Posted by ThaiMike on June 10, 2013 13:40


Sad death so young. Please can you tell me where the dog is as we would like to help

Posted by Robin Too on June 10, 2013 13:44

Editor Comment:

We don't know what happened to the dog. Sorry.


Online Editor, 'Sad and lonely' are the writer's opinions of her life and not even based in any facts apparently, as another news site reports her sister lived close by. THe writer cannot speculate this sister did not notice her missing before the body was discovered.
btw Your emotional, bullying responses are getting worse by the day. Please take a break from ridiculing your viewers

Posted by EB48 on June 10, 2013 17:30

Editor Comment:

This was a sad and lonely death, as our report reveals. Your unsympathetic and bizarre reaction is the only puzzle, and one not worth our time. You won't be posted here again.


Robin Too, you sound like a very caring and great person. Im sure you can find the dog's location with a few inquires at the police department. Much luck to you and the dog

Posted by thomas on June 10, 2013 17:45


Her name is under her photo?

Posted by jerry on June 10, 2013 18:46

Editor Comment:

Perhaps you've missed the UPDATE at the top of the article. We waited until the Swedish embassy informed us her relatives had been told.


Well done Phuketwan for actually putting some humanity into this story. The dog at her side. I recently lost my Thai Wife and reading the report of this story with your opposition you would think it was 2 different lonley ladies that had passed. Keep up the good work and the human touch.

Posted by Neill Campbell on June 10, 2013 20:32

Editor Comment:

Thanks, Neil. Sorry for your loss.


You know your reporter wrote rubbish and you simply cannot admit it.
Your rep as disturbed expands exponentially with each unprovoked attack upon viewers.

Posted by EB48 on June 10, 2013 20:33

Editor Comment:

Why you choose to put down the fastest and most accurate reporting team on the whole of Phuket is a mystery. The rubbish is entirely in your head, sad to say. Your opinion is of no value, EB48.


You mention that you will not name the deceased until her family has been informed, but a name appears (presumably hers? )in the photograph's caption!

Posted by Michael on June 10, 2013 20:35

Editor Comment:

The name also appears in the Update at the top of the article. The Swedish Embassy has told us that the family has been notified. Phuketwan alerted the embassy to the woman's death earlier today. Perhaps you've skipped reading the top of the article.


Dead for between 7-10 days with only her dog (trapped or not) is Sad & Lonley in anybody's book RIP Ms Aino Marianne Seppala.

Posted by Neill on June 10, 2013 20:37


And you then insert," according to paramedics" to justify the writer's conjecture besmirching her life.
K Sert's writing often reflects elaborations of bias. As editor, you could edit more and less bullying of readers.

Posted by EB48 on June 10, 2013 21:28

Editor Comment:

We haven't inserted anything. You've made a fool of yourself. Get lost.


How do you figure this woman was an expat loner and lonely when she passed away? She was living In vacation island of Phuket Her best friend (the dog) by her side,relaxing on the couch watching tv, fall asleep and never wake up. Thats what was reported. Sounds like a good way to go if you gotta go.

Posted by jimmy rawai on June 10, 2013 22:20

Editor Comment:

We reported that the woman died ''a sad, lonely death,'' which is true. The rest is your conjecture.


Was this woman part time working in phuket trekking club? cause she seems to be same woman... she done lot of charity work for lost dogs in phuket. if she is same woman I'm very sad cause she was/is so nice and animal (expecially dog) loving person

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2013 02:10



Posted by Lost In Translation on June 11, 2013 16:14

Editor Comment:

Lost in Translation, for you to lecture us on anything provides a good laugh. Find some place where your mischievous meanderings will be published. It won't be here.


Aino Marianne Seppala is actually a 100% Finnish name.

In the 1960s a lot of Finns migrated to Sweden, seeking better job opportunities and thus there are a lot of native Finns with Swedish citizenship.

Posted by ThaiMike on June 11, 2013 16:53

Editor Comment:

That's right. She was born in Finland. Her Swedish passport says so.


did she own a Mexican restaurant one time in patong ?

Posted by bkk on June 12, 2013 23:33


very sad and as Australians would know not the first time a dog sat on the tucker box in total loyalty.

Posted by slickmelb on June 14, 2013 04:10

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