Police are puzzled over the death of the British woman Maxine Vernice Missickin. The 23-year-old has presumably fallen to her death from the 31st floor of a hotel early Friday morning.
A motorbike taxi driver notified Police Station after he heard a noise of an impact coming from an aisle between the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel and Grand Plaza Hotel. Inspector Pol Lt Col Sonpet Dandiamonchaigun was assigned to lead the investigation into the incident.
Earlier speculations that it might have been a person that had fallen from one of the hotels turned out to be true when police officers and Tong Sia Siang Teung rescue workers arrived on the scene at about 05:00 early Friday morning. In the aisle between the hotels, they found the body of a foreign woman with injuries matching those of an impact from great height.
“At first, we did not know who she was because she did not have any identification documents on her,” Pol Lt Col Sonpet said. “But the appearance of the woman seemed like she was of African descent which made the investigation a bit easier,” he said, referring to the small number of Africans staying here. After contacting the two hotels, an employee at Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel told investigators that she remembered a woman of colour who had checked into the hotel earlier.
“A copy of her passport identified her as Maxine Vernice Missick who was 23 years old and a British citizen,” Pol Lt Col Sonpet revealed later that day. Only five days before her death, Ms Missick uploaded a series of pictures on her Facebook profile in which she appeared to be in a happy state. “Greeting from The Ruen Benjamart !! To welcoming Miss Maxine Missick,” she wrote in her last post on August 20 at 20:19, adding that she had booked a room for three days at the Guesthouse Ruen Benjamart about 4 kilometres from the hotel where her body was found.
On June 22, Ms Missick announced that she now worked at the Institute For Molecular Medicine Research in Penang, Malaysia. In her profile, she describes herself as an “introverted extrovert & avid foodie who loves community work, healthcare, networking, travel and dance.”
Hotel records showed that Ms Missick had checked into the three-star hotel on August 21 and stayed alone in room no. 3103 on the 31st floor. A copy of her TM6 arrival card attached to her passport showed that Ms Missick had entered Thailand on August 18. Since she had arrived without a visa, the visa exemption rule allowed her to remain in the Kingdom until September 16.
Before obtaining her identity, police examined the location and the condition of the body. “She was already dead when we arrived,” investigator Pol Lt Col Sonpet said. “Her neck was broken, and both of her legs also showed severe fractures. She wore a black long red dress. A few metres from where her body had impacted, we found a single shoe that most likely belonged to Ms Missick.”
Police then inspected her room on the 31st floor which was locked from the inside. After gaining access to the room by using a master key, police saw that one of the windows stood wide open. “We looked down the window and saw the same aisle where we found Ms Missick’s body,” Pol Lt Col Sonpet said.
Since there were no signs of a fight or other indications that Ms Missick had become a victim of crime, police are confident that she either plunged to the ground by accident or committed suicide but assumed the latter. “As with all suicides, it is hard if not impossible for us to find out the motivation for her action.”
However, Pol Lt Col Sonpet assured the media that they would continue the investigation to get to the full truth. Police are now waiting for a detailed autopsy report from Hat Yai Hospital before drawing any official conclusions.
Source: Farang Deaths