Police in Bali have confirmed the death of two international tourists this week. The first, a Russian tourist, was found dead in her villa in Ubud over the weekend. The second, a Norwegian traveler in Kerobokan on Tuesday 14th February. Police have confirmed that neither case is being treated as suspicious though investigations and post-mortems will be completed by the relevant authorities in due course.
On Sunday, 11th February, Gianyar police were called to Kengetan Banjar in Singakerta Village just outside of Ubud. Police attended the scene at around 6 pm, as confirmed by the Head of Ubud Police, Kompol I Gusti Ngurah Yudistira. He told reporters that a 35-year-old woman with the initials AG was found at her rental villa by a friend who was also staying nearby. According to Kompol Yudisitra, AG’s friend tried to contact her at around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon.
AG’s friend is reported to have called out for her from the villa complex and had no response. He then approached AG’s room to find the door open. He entered and found his friend lying on the bed and unresponsive. Kompol Yudisitra explained that AG’s friend immediately contacted the villa owner, who arrived at the scene around 4 pm and reported the incident to local police.
Kompol Yudisitra said, “Around 5.55 pm, a function picket led by Pawas Iptu Ngakan Nyoman Jaya Wijaya and a medical team from UPT Kesmas Ubud II with doctors arrived at the location for TKP processing and external examination of the victim’s body.” Following an initial examination at the scene, AG was transferred to the Forensics Unit at Ngoerah Hospital for a post-mortem.
Police are not treating AG’s death as suspicious and don’t believe that there was any third-party involvement. Kompol Yudisitra told the press that they have been informed that AG suffered from chronic pain as a result of past surgery and regularly took prescription medication, which was also found in her villa.
He concluded, “There were no signs of violence on the victim’s body. It is estimated that she died more than 12 hours before she was discovered. [The] witness [AG’s friend] last communicated with the victim on February 10th, 2023 at 11.51 WITA via messenger. The victim once told the witness that she had a chronic disease that she had suffered from for a long time and regularly took medication. Lately, the victim has often had headaches, but the witness did not know where the victim was seeking treatment.”
Police in Badung have also confirmed the death of a 54-year-old man from Norway. Known to the media by his initials EK, the traveler was visiting Bali with his girlfriend, who is known by her initials SAT. Though they were traveling together, they were staying in separate rooms within the same villa in Taman Neighborhood, Kerobokan Kelod Village.
Police are investigating the cause of EK’s death. His body was discovered by his girlfriend at around 9.15 pm on Monday, 13th February. SAT found EK lying prone on a sun lounger by the villa’s pool. Since he was not wearing any clothes, SAT called out to him to cover up, only to discover that he was unresponsive. Police told local reporters that SAT called the villa’s housekeeper, WS, who called the police and ambulance.
The Badung Police team and PMI Ambulance team attended the scene in the early hours of Tuesday morning. According to local reporters, there are no signs of violence against EK, and officials believe that he died of an unknown illness. The results of the autopsy have not yet been made public by Badung police. As is usually the case in these kinds of incidences, police in Indonesia generally do not release autopsy findings unless it is of importance to the public.
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