Russian Evgeniia Smirnova, 35, had been drinking with three friends in Patong, Phuket, Thailand, before falling from her eighth-floor balcony at the Emerald Terrace Resort
A Russian woman plunged to her death under mysterious circumstances after falling eight stories from a hotel balcony in Thailand.
Evgeniia Smirnova, 35, had been drinking with three friends in the party district of Patong in Phuket before she fell in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Police opened an investigation after her body was found lying face down on the ground, wearing a dark blue dress with red patterns.
Her head was bleeding and in her right hand she was holding locks of hair.
At the scene, police found bottles, glasses of alcohol, an unwrapped condom, an open black condom cover, an ashtray and cigarettes in the room.
The sliding door to the room remained open and there were no signs of intrusion and theft of property in the room.
Staff told police four people, including the victim, were staying in the eighth-floor room at the Emerald Terrace Resort. They added that there was a low spiral staircase outside his bedroom which connected to the seventh floor.
Police are currently investigating his death and have not ruled out foul play.
They work with the Russian Consulate in Phuket.
Police Lt Col Chomphunuch Anantayakun said: “We believe the woman may have accidentally fallen from the balcony while looking at the view. However, it could be a homicide resulting from an argument.
“We are in the process of interviewing those involved. The hair from the woman’s hand will undergo DNA testing to determine who it belonged to.”
Police Major General Sermphan Sirikong said officers began questioning the three friends who were with Evgeniia.
His body was sent to Patong Hospital for an autopsy.
Doctors believe she died of head trauma caused by the fall.
He added: “An investigation is ongoing to report to the embassy. We need time before concluding whether it is an accident, suicide or murder.”
Police said the fall occurred at the condominium building in the city’s Phrabarami Road area.
It is a short walk from the Bangla Road red light district.