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US man and wife commit suicide with gas canister in Chiang Mai hotel

A maid was sent to a Chiang Mai hotel room after an American man and his wife were not heard from in several days and it was time to check out. 

She knocked at room 3207 but there was no reply. She decided to use the spare key and saw a sign on a curtain in the room.

It read: 

“Do not enter – call police”.

She went in anyway and found 75 year old  American James Louis Hamilton and his wife on the bed. 

They were dressed in white shirts with brown shorts. 

They had plastic bags around their heads that were connected by a pipe to a gas canister. 

Police and medical staff from Maharat Nakorn Chiang Mai were called to the hotel situated near the Tha Phae gate. It was ascertained that the couple had been dead about two days. 

The nationality, age and name of the wife was not given. 

Hotel manager Preecha Maijandaeng said that the couple had checked in on April 13th and were due to check-out yesterday so they were called at 11.30 am but there was no answer. 

The maid said that the two guests were a jolly couple and gave no indication they were going to commit suicide. Three days prior they had greeted her in a friendly manner and asked not to be disturbed. 

The American authorities in Chiang Mai have been informed, reported Sanook. 

Police did not state what kind of gas was used. They are treating the case as one of suicide. 

Sanook

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