Recent theories are emerging in the mysterious death the Norwegian Julie Michelle Bergheim and American women Jill St. Orge who were vacationing in Thailand. Now the boyfriend of Jill St. Onge, Ryan Kell, says he believes St. Onge may have died of fumes emanating from a nearby water treatment plant.
“I found out later that there is a water treatment plant right behind the guesthouse,” Ryan Kell is quoted as saying in the story posted by the Andaman Times.
“I feel that Jill was poisoned by a chemical from that plant. She spent about five more hours in the room than I did. She was just breathing in the fumes for so long,” Ryan Kell wrote in a posting on a family blog.
“The only reason I did not get deathly ill, is that I kept getting these short breaks from the air in the room.”
Besides the possibility of fumes from the water treatment plant a number of other theories about what may have caused the two deaths. They include poisoning from food or alcohol and energy drinks, tainted water, cyanide poisoning from an unknown source, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
The cyanide theory was mentioned in an article by a Norwegian newspaper, which reported that traces of the deadly chemical were found in Bergheim’s body.
But the Andaman Times now reports that police officials have denied any finding of cyanide.
“There are no traces of cyanide. … This may be a misunderstanding by the Norwegian newspaper,” a police source in Krabi told the Andaman Times. However, the Norwegian newpaper, Nettavisen, says it is standing behind its report that cyanide was found, based on reports it received from Thailand.
According to a Seattle newspaper Thai authorities will not allow Jill St. Orge’s family bring her body home for an independent autopsy, and instead are planning to cremate her body.
“No one knows what happened,” said brother og the death woman Robert St. Onge to the newspaper.
An autopsy was performed overseas, but it was not clear how long it would take to get the results. Estimates ranged from two weeks to several months. The St. Onge family requested blood and tissue samples in order to conduct an independent analysis