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On 27th April 2017 a young girl from Belgium was found dead in Koh Tao, A.K.A Death Island. Elise Dallemange,30, had been living on the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan. On the 17th of April 2017 the young girl contacted her mother by Skype to say that after over 18 months travelling she had decided to return to Belgium. He arrived on Koh Tao on April 19th.
Investigations into the girl’s movements reveal that she checked into the Triple B Bungalows in Mae Haad Koh Tao. During the night three of the bungalows, including the one she was staying in caught fire. The owner of the bungalows said that the fire was caused by an electrical fault and had nothing to with Elise who fled the scene. It seems the girl then walked several kilometres to Tanote Bay where she had a meal and booked herself a ticket to Bangkok for the 24th of April via Chumphon. Although Elise’s luggage arrived in Chumphon she did not. She was found several days later, dead, on a rock, in the jungle above Tanote bay, partially eaten by animals, wrapped in T-shirts. According to the girl’s mother the girl’s body was then taken to Surat Thani by the Koh Tao rescue team, however this is denied by Steven Drylie from the Koh Tao rescue team told the Samui Times the girl had died in Koh Phangan, although he did admit she had visited Koh Tao. The police have put the death down to suicide. An autopsy was performed in Surat Thani Hospital and later by the Institute of Forensic Medicine Police Hospital, Bangkok. (Contact person was Colonel Phawat Pratheepvisaroot sein).
Elise Dallemagne was finally identified by her teeth and ex-ray-pictures provided by her mother from Belgium. She is still waiting for the final autopsy report and has never ever been contacted by Thai police again, since the cremation ceremony that took place in Bangkok 14 days after her remains were found.
According to her mother Elise Dallemagne had been travelling for two and a half years, in India, Australia and New Zealand regularly returning to Thailand. She was said to have spent more than a year on Koh Phangan during her travels and was there part of a Yoga/Tantra-Community. She was also an active member of SACRED, an Indian sect run by the notorious Sathya Sai Baba cult movement. They reside and practice on Koh Phangan between Thong Sala and Hin Kong Village.
According to her mother she lived there for months with Guru Raaman Andreas from Germany and two female friends (Nuri and Raani) and practiced her cult. On the 17th of April she had the last Skype-conversation with her mother and promised to come home. She booked a ferry to Bangkok and the route was scheduled Koh Phangan via Koh Tao to the harbor of Chumphon. She never arrived at her destinatino, but mysteriously her luggage did get there alone.
To this day nobody knows why the Belgian woman left the ferry in Koh Tao in the early afternoon of 19th of April and booked herself a small bungalow for 250 B/night at Triple B Bungalows in Mae Haad, Koh Tao. These bungalows burnt down in a huge fire the same night. She ran away and due to our research reached Tanote Bay by a 2, 5 km walk through the jungle. Yesterday the owner said the bungalows burnt down due to an electrical short-circuit – when the girl’s mother, Michele, was there six weeks ago the man was described as being angry because of possible involvement of Elise Dallemagne.
Elise was seen again at Poseidon Resort in Tanote Bay and booked another ticket to Bangkok which was scheduled for the 24th o April 2017. The booking of the ticket is confirmed. After that she disappeared without a trace and her body was found on 27th of April up on the rocks at Tanote Bay, behind the Tanote Family Bay Resort towards the jungle. People had been watching a big monitor lizard (varanus) walking up suspiciously quite often… So the decayed and half eaten corps of Elise was found.
Police told the mother that the daughter had committed suicide and hanged herself on a tree. We have information from an eye-witnesses that the body of Elise was wrapped up in old T-Shirts or some cotton and a fuel bottle was found in a nearby small bag, too. The mother has confirmed this information and was passed on to her by the police, although she cannot accept why her daughter would have killed herself – she was acting normally during their last conversation and no signs of depression were visible, said mother Michele. She also wonders why she booked a transfer to Bangkok and then went into the jungle to commit suicide.
Why did Elise leave the boat in Koh Tao?
Why her luggage was later found in Chumphon at the final place of disembarkation? She took only her cellular phone and a small rucksack.
Why did she kill herself so far away from her previous bungalow? Mother said she was found ‘on the other side of Koh Tao Island’? Why did police never question taxi-drivers or motorbike rentals – how did Elise Dallemagne get to the place where she finally was found? How about video footage?
Cases of female hangings are incredibly rare. An experienced police psychologist in Germany said women kill themselves almost always by overdose or cutting there wrist but he never had a single case in his career with a young female taking a rope out in the unknown nature.
Why did police keep this case secret to this day? Without the mother’s cry for help none of us would ever have come to know about this tragic death?
Why has the mother never received an autopsy report as promised to this day ? Was the intention of the police to silence the case in order to protect tourism in Thailand and especially not to allow a further revolt in the media about another female death on Koh Tao?
The body of Elise Dallemagne was burnt during the cremation ceremony in May 2017 in Bangkok – mother took her ashes home to Belgium. She now seriously doubts the police version of the disappearance and the death of her daughter and seeks for help publicly. Since we know about the history of Koh Tao with murdered and disappearing young tourists this case has at least a faded smell… Another missing tourist, Russian citizen Valentina Novozhyonova, has not been found to this day and many people on Koh Tao also doubt the police reports about her fate…
Elise’s mother is now desperately appealing for anybody who knows anything about her daughter’s movements before her death to come forward. If you have any information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional reporting – DER FARANG Magazine