Mystery after webcam model plunges to death from balcony in Thailand

Evgenia Simonova, 37, a Russian webcam model, has died after mysteriously falling from a balcony while staying in Thailand.

She suffered fatal head injuries and a broken leg after a fall from an eighth-floor balcony while staying at a resort residential complex.

Clutched in her hand was human hair which the police are DNA testing.

The Russian woman is known to have had social media accounts under another name, and evidently live-streamed on an adult site until shortly before her death.

"Hey, I’m a web model. Glad to see you in my room," she introduced herself in the video.

She had arrived in Phuket from Moscow on May 25, and her body was found in the early hours of Tuesday (local time). It was not her first visit to Thailand.

Evgenia Smirnova, 37, Russian citizen who died after falling from balcony in Phuket.
Evgenia Smirnova, 37, the Russian citizen who died after falling from balcony in Phuket. Source: Australscope

In the wake of the incident in Patong nightlife zone, another Russian woman Natalia Kosenkova, 35, was detained along with two men apparently on suspicion of drugs use, according to the Bangkok Post.

They were named as American Jamaal Antwaun Smith, 38, and Jordanian Ahmad Radi Mustafa Alatoom, 28.

The Jordanian was held after seeking to board a flight out of Thailand following Smirnova’s death.

Reports citing police said there was evidence of a “sex, drugs and alcohol party” at the Emerald Terrace condominium complex in Patong from which Ms Smirnova fell.

Kosenkova, a model and DJ who has worked previously as a dental assistant and travelled previously to Dubai and Ukraine, claimed earlier this week had been released, and said Ms Sirnova's death was an "unfortunate incident" but did not give further details.

Previously a copy of her passport was leaked to the media.

“The case is not complicated because we are not guilty,” she said, adding her lawyer had instructed her not to talk in detail about the case.

“The only thing I can say is that this was an unfortunate incident, but it was not a murder, and none of the people involved are to blame.”

“We were held in a cage, but they let us go,” she added.

Natalia Kosenkova, 35, was an eyewitness of Evgenia Smirnova's tragic fall. Source: Australscope
Natalia Kosenkova, 35, was an eyewitness of Evgenia Smirnova's tragic fall. Source: Australscope

Kosenkova said she had only met fellow Russian Ms Simonova on the night of the incident.

And she denied reports in the Thai media that the party involved sex and drugs, amid claims that condom wrappers and finely-ground cannabis had been found by police.

“I didn't know Evgenia Smirnova until that evening.

“I didn't know the girl, she just came to the party where we were.

“And she called her friend [Ahmad Radi Mustafa Alatoom], who came, too, and behaved inappropriately.

“I can say that me and my friend [Jamaal Antwaun Smith], who I have known for a long time, behaved with dignity and decency.

“The police trust us. The police say they are not worried about us.”

“I am just a tourist here…I've been living here for five months,” she added.

Thai reports citing Police Major General Sermphan Sirikhon said his officers are looking at three theories – an unfortunate accident, suicide or murder.

Earlier Police Lieutenant Colonel Chomphunuch Anantayakun had said: "We believe that the woman might have accidentally fallen from the balcony while looking out at the view.

“However, it could be a homicide resulting from an argument.

"We are in the process of interrogating the people involved.

“The hair in the woman's hand will go through DNA testing to find who it belonged to.”


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