Cops: Couple found in Bangsar house died of asphyxiation from smoke inhalation


KUALA LUMPUR: A husband and wife have been found dead in a house in Bangsar, believed to be caused by asphyxiation, police said.

"A report was made at 12.33pm by a 27-year-old estate agent," Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said in a statement on Friday (April 9).

"The complainant had called the victims earlier but no one picked up so he went over to the house in Jalan Medang Serai at about 11am.

"After obtaining the keys from the owner, he went inside and found both victims unconscious on the floor of a bedroom," ACP Anuar added.

Investigations showed that the house had been rented online by the victims on April 6 and that the couple, a 46-year-old man from India and a 38-year-old Thai woman, had been married since 2018.

Police believe the couple had burned charcoal in the room before falling asleep.

"A medical officer from University Malaya Medical Centre confirmed that both victims died on April 9, between 6am and 7am. The cause of death is believed to have been asphyxiation from breathing in the smoke.

"We also found a letter at the scene, which was addressed to their parents. Known associates of the two said that the couple never shared any of their issues and had no known enemies," ACP Anuar said.

Preliminary investigations determined that no foul play was involved.

A post-mortem will be conducted and the case has been classified as sudden death.

Those in need of help can contact the Befrienders service nearest to them. For a full list of numbers as well as operating hours, go to www.befrienders.org.my/centre-in-malaysia or call 03-7627 2929.

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