A 20-year-old university student from Hunan province was found dead on a beach in Pattaya, Thailand’s red-light district, after losing contact with her parents earlier this month.
The woman, Zhang Chunrong, told her parents she wanted to travel before getting a new job and took a trip to Thailand on August 3. She promised her mother that she would keep in touch through WeChat, but all contact ended soon after she arrived.
Three days after Zhang landed in the country, her mother received a call from the Chinese Embassy in Thailand informing her that her daughter had been found dead on a beach in Pattaya, China.org reports. The cause of death was not stated.
After some investigation, it was revealed that Zhang had traveled to Thailand to meet up with an acquaintance.
The student had opened an online shop around six months ago and received Thai products from this person. According to messages, the acquaintance requested that Zhang take a “field trip” to Thailand, or else she would no longer be sent the products.
Zhang’s mother has speculated that this was a trap to lure her daughter to Thailand. She also became suspicious upon learning that Zhang had cancelled flight and hotel reservations the day before the trip and left the tour group to travel alone.
Thai police have opened up an investigation into the case.