Jill St. Onge death investigation: Two updates

3 weeks after the death of 27-year-old West Seattle resident Jill St. Onge in Thailand (first reported here), there are new reports about the investigation into what killed her: The Phuket Gazette reported this week (scroll about two-thirds of the way down this page) that “microbial infection” possibly linked to food poisoning has turned up in “preliminary tests” of both Ms. St. Onge and the other tourist who died during a stay at the same guest house, 22-year-old Julie Bergheim of Norway. (You may recall, a very early report suggested food poisoning.) However, two days before that story appeared, the family/friends-maintained “About Jill” site had a post reading in part, “Also we DID get the tissue samples this week and they are now in the proper hands. I won’t go into much detail as everything is still extremely preliminary, but the very very early results do seem to coincide with something affecting the lungs.” As the writer points out, that’s what Ms. St. Onge’s fiance Ryan Kells had wondered about (here’s his story from earlier in the month). Kells is now with his family in California, according to this Los Altos account from a week ago.

3 Replies to "Jill St. Onge death investigation: Two updates"

  • ellenater May 27, 2009 (3:32 pm)

    Thanks for the update, TR. I have been following this story closely. There are a lot of things that do not add up!. Very sketchy. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Such a tragic and random death. I’m glad they are going after the truth!

  • Robert St. Onge May 28, 2009 (5:53 am)

    This is Jill’s brother Rob. Just to let you guys know the family hasn’t been told anything thus far. This seems like it was released the same way the cyanide theory was. As soon as we get any official word we’ll put in on our blog. http://jillstonge.blogspot.com


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