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2 Women Found Dead in Seattle Apartment

Bangkok Post identifies them as students from Thailand
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2018 5:37 PM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2018 2:00 AM CDT
People walk past cherry blossoms overhead on the first day of spring on the campus of the University of Washington Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – Two women in their 20s were found dead in an apartment across the street from the University of Washington campus in Seattle on Tuesday, Fox News reports. Police say building managers found a seriously wounded woman inside the apartment Tuesday morning, and responding officers arrived to find both women dead. The incident was originally reported as a stabbing, Patch reports, but their causes of death have not yet been officially determined. The medical examiner has also not yet confirmed their identities, but the Bangkok Post IDs them as two close friends from Thailand. Seattle police say there are no outstanding suspects, which could indicate a murder-suicide; according to the Thaiger, there are also reports the apartment was locked from the inside when the women were found.

Per the Post, the women are Kornkamol Leenavarat and Thiti-orn Chotchuangsap. According to her older brother, Leenavarat, 25, had just flown to the US two weeks prior to get her master's degree in law; he says Chotchuangsap was her roommate. Immigration records reportedly show that she, too, had only recently left Thailand. A local official says Leenavarat had called her family every day since leaving for the US, and when they didn't hear from her Saturday, they asked a relative in Seattle to check on her. The relative reportedly could not get in touch with her and ultimately asked the building manager to do a welfare check after the family also learned she had been absent from class. The Nation notes that Leenavarat's family is well-known in their Thai province due to some members being local politicians. (Read more Seattle stories.)

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