The two women found dead in a University District apartment on Tuesday were University of Washington students from Thailand, according to reports in Thai media.
According to the Seattle Police Department, the two women were found in the room at Malloy Apartment in the University District, after the apartment manager checked on them yesterday about 9:30 a.m.
A police spokesperson told The Seattle Globalist that the apartment manager looked into the apartment, saw that one of the women was severely injured and then called the police. Officers arrived and entered the apartment and found the two women dead.
Seattle police report that “detectives have determined there are no outstanding suspects” in the case. The police department initially posted on Twitter that officers were responding to a stabbing, but the causes of their deaths have not been confirmed.
A spokesman for the Seattle Police Department told The Seattle Globalist that they could not confirm any specific information about the victims until the King County Medical Examiner identified the two women.
The family of one of the women had been looking for their daughter in the days before they were found, Picha Pinkaow, the owner of the Wann Yen Thai restaurant in the University District, told The Seattle Globalist.
“On Monday night, I received a message from a friend in Thailand, ask my help to locate a woman in Seattle,” Pinkaow said.
Pinkaow, who said she had previously met the women when they ate at her restaurant, posted about the search for the woman on Facebook, including the woman’s photo. Pinkaow said that the woman had been missing for 72 hours when she made the post.
After police had released information about finding the women at the Malloy, Pinkaow said that the woman’s family asked her to take down their daughter’s photo and name from Facebook, to avoid spreading the woman’s personal information.
The woman had left Thailand for Seattle in August to study the Global Business Law at University of Washington, Pinkaow said.
Information on the other woman who was found dead has not been confirmed.
The homicide incident has made headlines in several Thai news media, such as the Thairath and Matichon Oline. Some of the articles focused on the safety of young adults studying in the United States, which is considered a safe country by many Thai people.