Mystery surrounds the death of a young British tourist who plunged 31 floors from her hotel room window in Thailand.
Maxine Missick’s devastated pals have called for an investigation into the tragedy, which occurred in Hat Yai last week.
The 23-year-old had checked into her room at the 33-storey Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel on Saneha Nusorn road on August 21.
She had been due to return to the UK today. But last Friday, her body was found in a nearby alleyway at 5.30am by a passing motorcyclist.
The horrified motorbike taxi driver, who had heard a loud thud as Maxine hit the ground, alerted staff who called the emergency services.
The tourist, a former student at Keele University in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
She had suffered a suspected neck, back and other major injuries in the fall.
Police ruled out foul play because they said her room showed no signs of a robbery. They believe she committed suicide or accidentally fell.
But as friends and relatives paid tribute online to a young woman “so full of life”, they said there was “no way” she would have killed herself.
Close university friend Tom Kayzee, who was one of the last people to speak with Maxine, said: “The last time I chatted with her was 24th August – she was okay and she loved it there. I just wanted to know that she was okay.”
He added: “[The Maxine] that we know of is a lovely and cheerful girl who always smiles. Always adventurous, beautiful soul and well mannered.”
Romeo Simpson, meanwhile, said: “I don’t believe it’s suicide, they need to do more investigation.”
And Jenniflor Louis said: “I still don’t want to believe it was suicide, even though they have no evidence of foul play.
“An investigation of the situation and room needs to be done. “
Another pal, Wan Nadiah Wan Abdullah, last saw Maxine on August 10.
Taking to Facebook, the heartbroken friend wrote: “Even though that was only the second time we met, she was so warm, joyful, zesty, and so full of life!
“I still cannot fathom what happened, but it is so NOT Maxine! RIP, dear….”
Maxine, who is originally from the British overseas territories of Turks and Caicos near the Bahamas, had studied Biomedical Sciences in the UK before taking an internship in Penang, Malaysia.
She is believed to have travelled for a holiday to Hat Yai, the nearest Thai tourist resort an hour’s drive from the Malay border checkpoint, before she was due to fly home.
Inspector General Sornpet Tantiamonchaikul, from the Hat Yai Police Department, said officers were still waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination before ruling on the official cause of death.
He said: “Police were notified by the rescue foundation about the accident involving the British tourist Maxine Missick. She was staying alone in the room. Our investigation showed she checked in on August 21.
“In the room there was no damage or signs of violence. There are no suspicions or investigations into foul play or another person being involved.
“A window was open.“We believe she either committed suicide by jumping or she fell accidentally.”