Police say they the body of an American woman in her 20’s was found five days after she went missing in Thailand. Identified by the State Department as Lily Glidden, police say they found her body Jan. 18 in the Kaeng Krachan National Park, apparently trampled to death by elephants.
“Her arms, her wrists and other parts of the body were broken, so we assumed she was trampled by elephants because no humans could have caused such powerful damage to the body,” police Col. Woradet Suanklaai told the Associated Press.
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Police reportedly sent her body to a forensic institute in the capital where an autopsy will determine the official cause of death. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok confirmed the death but did not provide further details, according to the Daily Mail.
Woradet said the Glidden was alone when she ventured away from the campground apparently to photograph elephants in the reserve.
“Looking at the pictures she took in her camera, we see a lot of animals, birds, snakes, lizards,” Woradet told the AP. “We assumed she wanted to take pictures of elephants because that’s what the Kaeng Krachan National Park is famous for. We believed she wanted to find them and take some photos.”
An official said, “We offer our condolences to Ms. Glidden’s family and loved ones on their loss. We are in contact with the family and are providing all appropriate consular assistance.”