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Belanger Sisters to Arrive Back in Canada



Canadian sisters Audrey and Noemi Belanger


Chiangrai Times – The bodies of the two Canadian sisters Audrey and Noemi Belanger who died in Thailand are expected to arrive in Canada on Thursday.

Their uncle said that because preliminary autopsies have already been completed, Thai medical authorities have agreed to release the bodies of Audrey and Noemi Belanger.

Their uncle, Eric Belanger, said it’s unclear when the family might have a definite answer on what caused the death and, if it was a toxic substance, know what substance was involved.

“We don’t know anything for now — and it might take a while,” Belanger said in an interview.

But he said the sisters’ loved ones will at least be able to receive the bodies back home, and continue the mourning process.

Belanger credited the performance of the Canadian embassy in Thailand, saying its diplomats worked to get the bodies repatriated quickly.

He also asked the media to stop seeking interviews with the family: “I need to get through my grief, too, now that the girls are arriving,” he said.

The sisters grew up Pohenegamook, a town in eastern Quebec near the Maine border. They studied in Quebec City with their eldest sister, but worked at the family store in the community of roughly 3,000.

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