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Finnish woman died after night out in Patong

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Police are still piecing together the circumstances around the death of a teenage Finnish woman whose body was found in Phuket yesterday afternoon.

Ida Maria Bexar, 19, fell from the rooftop of the Good Dreams Guesthouse onto the roof of a nearby building in the early hours of the morning. However, her body was not discovered until that afternoon (story here).

“We are still investigating what caused Ms Bexar to fall,” said Lt Col Sutthichai Thianpho of the Patong Police. “We have yet to rule out any possibility.”

A resident at the Good Dreams Guesthouse reported hearing a loud noise some time after returning home from work at about 3:20am. She told police that it sounded as if something had crashed onto the roof of the adjacent low-rise building, but didn’t investigate, as she knew foreigners often went up to the rooftop late at night to socialize, and assumed someone up there had dropped or thrown something.

Though Ms Bexar was staying at a nearby residence, Darisa Apartment, she had returned to the Good Dreams Guesthouse after a night on Soi Bangla with Swedish national Robert Dahlman, 26, confirmed said Col Sutthichai.

People in the building said that the pair had gotten into an argument on the bottom floor of the guesthouse.

“Mr Dahlman was among a group of five foreigners, including Ms Bexar, who had been out drinking at the Stockholm Syndrome bar on Bangla Road that night,” said Col Sutthichai.

“According to Mr Dahlman, who said that he had known Ms Bexar for about a month, everyone in the group was quite drunk when they left the bar at about 3am. However, he said he has no idea what happened to Ms Bexar, as he went directly to his room when he returned to the guesthouse,” said Col Sutthichai.

Police found Ms Bexar’s mobile phone on the rooftop of the Good Dreams Guesthouse, not next to her body, as originally reported. However, they have yet to find clues to indicate that a struggle took place. Meanwhile, officers are examining CCTV footage of the area for additional clues.

“Belongings found on Ms Bexar’s body included a purse containing a key to her room at Darisa Apartment,” said Col Sutthichai.

Ms Bexar’s body is being kept at Patong Hospital. The Finnish Embassy has been informed of her death.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong


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