24 May '11, 12pm

Cause of Thai tourist deaths 'may never be found' - Straits Times

BANGKOK - THAILAND said on Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to link a spate of mysterious tourist deaths in its northern city of Chiang Mai, and the full cause may never be known. Five foreigners and a Thai guide died while three others fell ill while staying in the popular tourist destination between Jan 11 and Feb 19 of this year. Six of them stayed at the same hotel, while three others were at two different hotels. Most were young women. But beyond that there were 'few common traits' in their deaths, the Thai Ministry of Public Health's Department of Disease Control said in a statement, noting that international toxicologists were assisting the investigation. 'Despite the best efforts of Thai authorities and international partners, a complete explanation for the cause of deaths may not be found for all cases,' it added. The dead included a young New Zealand ...

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