UPDATE: Woman falls from Phuket condo, 3 foreign suspects arrested

UPDATE: Police arrest 3 foreigners in relation to death of woman who fell from Phuket condo

The woman who fell from the 8th floor of a condominium in Phuket and died yesterday morning has been identified as 37 year old Evgeniia Smirnova of Russian nationality. Police have arrested 3 foreigners who were staying in the same apartment with Evgeniia, inlcuding one man who tried to flee the island shortly after her death.

A 28 year old Jordanian man named Ahmad Radi Mustafa Alatoom has become the main suspect in the case. Police arrested Ahmad at Phuket International Airport yesterday evening right before he was about to depart from the island. He was taken to Patong Police Station for questioning.

Police arrested 2 more foreigners who were staying in the apartment, 35 year old Natalia Kosenkova from Russia and 38 year old Smith Jamaal Antwaun from America.

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All 4 foreigners were drinking alcohol on the night of Evgeniia’s death. Police also found 1.1 grams of ground up cannabis in the room.

Police said the balcony Evgeniia fell from has a somewhat low barrier.

Initial autopsy results revealed that Evgeniia died from head trauma as soon as she hit the concrete ground. She also suffered multiple broken bones in her right leg.

Police have informed the Russian embassy of Evgeniia’s death.

ORIGINAL STORY: Foreign woman falls from Phuket condominium in potential murder case

A foreign woman fell from the 8th floor of a condominium building in Patong, Phuket, and died in the early hours of this morning. Police are not ruling out murder because the woman was found clutching a clump of hair in her right hand. Her identity and nationality have not yet been confirmed.

At 4:20am today, Patong Police Station received a report that a foreign tourist had fallen from a condominium on Phrabaramee Road, Patong sub district, Kathu district.

Police, staff from Patong Hospital and rescue workers from Kusalatham Phuket Foundation rushed to the scene but the woman had already died from her injuries. She was found lying face down and wearing a blue dress.

The police’s initial investigation revealed “no signs of breaking and entering” into the woman’s apartment. Police reported that she may have committed suicide, but they are not ruling out murder because she was found clutching a clump of hair in her right hand. The hair will be sent to a forensic laboratory for DNA testing to find out who it belongs to.

Inside her apartment, police found an opened bottle of liquor, a condom wrapper, a box of cigarettes and and an ashtray which will all be kept as evidence.

Police will continue to conduct an investigation to find out the woman’s true cause of death.

Her body has been taken for a thorough autopsy at Patong Hospital.

SOURCE: ThaiRath

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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