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Elderly American Couple Commit Double-Suicide in Northern Thailand

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CHIANG MAI – Police are investigating the death of an elderly American couple after there bodies were found dead in a hotel room with plastic bags around their heads hooked up to balloons filled with helium in what police believe to be a well-thought-out double-suicide.

On April 25th, the bodies of James Lewis Hamilton, 75, and his 70-year-old wife Diane Adele De Simone were discover by a chambermaid after she saw a note on the hotel room door stating “Do not enter call police.”

The valve of the 40-litre-tank, which police say most likely contained helium, was fully opened and the content already empty, leading police to conclude that the couple had committed suicide and died of inert gas asphyxiation.

Police interviewed the Hotel manager and he said the couple had been staying in the hotel since April 13, were due to check-out on the day their bodies were found.

An initial police report states that both tourists had plastic bags wrapped around their heads which were connected by a thin hose to a balloon filled with gas from a tank in the room.

Forensic police briefly examined the bodies on the scene and said they were in full rigor mortis and therefore have been dead for at least 12 hours.

Their Bodies were taken to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be conducted. The American authorities in Chiang Mai have been informed, police confirmed.

Source: City News, Farang Deaths

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