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Woman Found Dead On Thailand's 'Murder Island' (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty

A Belgian tourist who was found half-eaten by lizards is the latest in a string of deaths on a Thai island.

The remains of 30-year-old Elise Dallemange were discovered partially eaten by lizards in the jungle on April 28, Fox reports. Police said that the Belgian backpacker had hung herself.

The woman's demise is the seventh in a series of deaths on Thailand's Koh Tao island over the past three years, which has caused some to dub the area "Murder Island."

Dallemange's mother, Michele van Egten, said that she doesn't believe what the police have said regarding her daughter's death.

"I do not believe what the police have told us," said the mom. "We fear somebody else was involved. We’re more and more thinking that the police information is not the right explanation."

According to van Egten, she has yet to receive an autopsy report for her daughter, which authorities had assured her that she would get.

Dallemange was staying at a yoga retreat on the nearby Koh Phangan island during her travels in Asia. She had reportedly contacted her mother via Skype on April 17, telling her that she planned to return home to Belgium. She then left on a ferry on April 19, but went to Koh Tao rather than the mainland, for reasons that remain unclear.

Van Egten said her daughter used an alias, "Elise Dubuis," when she checked in to a bungalow on Koh Tao on her way back to Bangkok. A fire that broke out the night she arrived burned down three bamboo huts, including Dallemange's.

The 30-year-old is then reported to have traveled through the jungle to reach the Poseidon resort, where she booked her ticket for the Thai capital. But she never made it to Bangkok.

Locals discovered Dallemange's partly eaten remains near a resort at Tanote Bay on Koh Tao. According to police, the woman had hung herself from a tree.

"This news is so old already, it has been misunderstood," said a police officer who said there was no mystery surrounding the backpacker's death. "There is no more to say."

But van Egten is still waiting for answers, according to Daily Mail.

"She was normal in the last conversation and no signs of depression were visible," the mom said. "I don't know why she would have booked a transfer to Bangkok and then went into the jungle to commit suicide. I am devastated by events. I am still waiting for the final autopsy report. We just want more information."

Six other foreigners have died or vanished on Koh Tao in the last three years, including a pair of British tourists who were murdered on their way back to their hotel rooms in 2014, and Luke Miller, who was found dead in a swimming pool in January 2016.

In March, a Russian tourist named Valentina Novozhyonova disappeared from her hostel; she remains missing.

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