UK tourist found dead had Valium, alcohol - Thai police
27 January 2015, 09:17
Bangkok - A British backpacker who was
found dead on a popular Thai tourist island had consumed a potentially fatal
combination of alcohol and Valium, police said on Tuesday citing preliminary
The body of Christina Annesley, 23, was
discovered in a bungalow on Koh Tao, southern Thailand, last Wednesday.
"The initial results from the autopsy
found Valium and alcohol in the victim's body," Thai police spokesperson
Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri, told AFP.
"There were no signs of rape," he
added, saying the full autopsy results would be released within three days.
Police in Koh Tao have said there was no
evidence of foul play in the bungalow room where Annesley was discovered.
But in an indication that they wanted to
avoid any criticism over their handling of the case, her body was sent to
Bangkok for a full autopsy, which was carried out Sunday.
Many of Annesley's final tweets - under the
handle @chrstinadarling - spoke of the beauty of Koh Tao's white sand beaches
and azure waters, which are popular backpackers and divers.
She also made reference to taking both
Tramadol, a painkiller, and Valium, an anti-anxiety medication, in the days
leading up to her death.
Last week Koh Tao police said they had
found three kinds of medicine in her room, but no illicit drugs.
British daily The Telegraph said
Christina's mother Margaret had posted on her daughter's Facebook page saying
she had died of "natural causes".
Annesley's death came four months after a
British couple were found murdered on the same island in a case that placed
local police under intense pressure.
Two Burmese nationals have been charged for
the murder of David Miller, 24, and the rape and murder of Hannah Witheridge,
23 - but both men have retracted their confessions saying they were obtained
Officers were also heavily criticised for
allowing locals and journalists to walk over the crime scene.
Tourism is a mainstay of Thailand's
economy, which has struggled despite the military promising to turn the
country's financial fortunes around after they took over in a May coup
following months of street protests.