Women found dead in Seattle were Thai students

Two Thai students have been found dead in a Seattle apartment this week after they touched down in the US just two weeks ago. 

Kornkamol Leenavarat, 25, and her friend Thiti-orn Chotchuangsap were discovered dead in their University District apartment on Tuesday morning.

The girls were both post-graduate students at Washington University, where Leenavarat was studying law, according to the Bangkok Post. 

It’s not clear how the women girls died.

They were found dead on Tuesday at 9.30am by the building’s manager conducting a welfare check, at the request of Leenavarat’s concerned family.

Detectives say at least one was stabbed but deputy immigration police commissioner Itthipon Itthisarnronnachai says the bodies of both girls bore multiple stab wounds, according to The Nation. 

A local medical examiner has not officially released their identities or cause of death. The girls were identified by friends and family and the Thailand Foreign Ministry.

Some news reports speculate that their death may be a murder-suicide as the apartment was locked from the inside. 

Leenavarat’s family said they had been out of touch with her for several days. 

When they didn’t hear from her by Sunday, they asked a relative to go to Seattle to find her but they were unable to trace her.

University administration officers said she had been absent from class for many days. 

Seattle detectives said there are no suspects at large. 

Leenavarat was the youngest child and only daughter in her family. 

Her father  Pawawin Leenavarat  was the former deputy mayor of Thanyaburi municipality in Pathum Thani Province in Thailand. 

She’s also the niece of the current mayor of that municipality. 

Her family say her ultimate goal was to become a judge one day. 

She has a bachelor’s degree from Thammasat University and attained a master’s degree from Thammasat University then a master’s in law from a school in Boston, Massachusetts.

There is little information on her friend Chotchuangsap who is from Samut Sakhon. Online she’s listed as a director of Pornsiri Power Limitess Partnership, a company that deals with food products based in her hometown. 

Leenavarat left Thailand for Seattle on August 21, after returning there to spend time with her family for Mother’s Day.  Chotchuangsap left Thailand on August 27.

Leenavarat’s brother mourned her loss on Facebook saying ‘our little sister who was always lively, friendly, and brave’ with pictures of their family sending her off at Savarnabhumi Airport.  

The family is making preparations to bring her body back to Thailand.  


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