A Belgian tourist on an expedition to Thailand ignored all warnings when she was told not to hike in a place called ‘murder island’. However, 30-year-old Elise Dallemange decided not to heed those warnings. She never returned.
Her body was found last week by Thai authorities, half eaten by lizards.
Authorities say the woman had hung herself from a tree. Animals that lived on the island then feasted on her remains.
The woman’s demise is the seventh in a series of deaths on Thailand’s Koh Tao island over the past three years, which has caused some to dub the area “Murder Island.”
Dallemange’s mother, Michele van Egten, said that she doesn’t believe what the police have said regarding her daughter’s death.
“I do not believe what the police have told us,” said the mom. “We fear somebody else was involved. We’re more and more thinking that the police information is not the right explanation.”
According to van Egten, she has yet to receive an autopsy report for her daughter, which authorities had assured her that she would get.
Dallemange was staying at a yoga retreat on the nearby Koh Phangan island during her travels in Asia. She had reportedly contacted her mother via Skype on April 17, telling her that she planned to return home to Belgium. She then left on a ferry on April 19, but went to Koh Tao rather than the mainland, for reasons that remain unclear.
Van Egten said her daughter used an alias, “Elise Dubuis,” when she checked in to a bungalow on Koh Tao on her way back to Bangkok. A fire that broke out the night she arrived burned down three bamboo huts, including Dallemange’s.
The 30-year-old is then reported to have traveled through the jungle to reach the Poseidon resort, where she booked her ticket for the Thai capital. But she never made it to Bangkok.
While locals say this is old news, and happens often in Thailand, Dallemange’s daughter still wants the autopsy report.
After the last phone call with her mother, where there were no signs of depression, Dallemange is convinced the story the authorities told her was not entirely correct.