Vietnamese student killed in a hostel? A locked room mystery?

Will the latest mystery on the murdered Vietnamese student Ms. Nguyen Cao Minh Ngoc compel the hostel to install a CCTV on its hostel corridor?

I hardly think it's a suicide. I won't kill myself by hiding in my cupboard for sure.

The report says no visible injuries. The report doesn't say whether the room was in mess (with a possible sign of robbery). The report doesn't say that door was locked when the relationship officer 'opened' it. (It will be intriguing if it's a locked room mystery.)

Whatever the motive. It's truly a sad case.

The decomposed body of a Vietnamese student was found sitting upright in the cupboard of her hostel room on Tuesday morning.

Friends of Ms Nguyen Cao Minh Ngoc, 24, alerted the management of the Queensway Student Hostel after they were unable to contact her for a few days.

A relationship officer opened the door to Ms Ngoc's second-floor room, only to see her foot sticking out of the cupboard door.

Ms Ngoc, who was fully clothed, is believed to have been dead for at least two days. There were no visible injuries on her body.

Fellow hostel residents said she had been in Singapore for less than six months and was studying English at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

Ms Nguyen Tsan Thanh Chau, 23, a student, told The Straits Times that Ms Ngoc shared a two-bed air-conditioned unit at the Queensway hostel with another Vietnamese student who went back to Vietnam on Saturday.

From Straits Times, "Body found in hostel".



Update on 17/12: Just came across this article about the mysterious death of Ms. Nguyen Cao Minh Ngoc.

It seems that:
- Last Saturday (7 am), she posted a sad Vietnamese song onto her social networking site (Facebook? Not sure. It's not specified in the news.)
- Ms. Nguyen's boyfriend claimed to have tried to contact her for 3 days (Saturday - Monday?).
- Her dead body was found this Tuesday morning & believed to have been dead for at least 2 days (at least on Sunday?).
- Her door was forced open by the hostel employee (so it had been locked).
- No weapons found, no injury visible, no suicide note & no evidence that the room was ransacked. (Strange...)
- Residents who lived in the vicinity heard people arguing on Monday evening. A resident who lives on the ninth floor of the nearby HDB block said that he saw a group of men and women arguing downstairs. (Might be not related to the case if Ms. Nguyen was indeed already dead on Sunday.)

I'm not in any wonderland, but I'd say on this case: "Curiouser and curioser!"

A decomposed body of a 24-year-old female student was found in a wardrobe at the Queensway Student Hostel Tuesday morning.

The student is a Vietnamese woman by the name of Nguyen Cao Minh Ngoc and currently studying at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS). She arrived in Singapore about two months ago.

According to her friend, Ms Nguyen had reportedly gone out with her friends on Friday. She then returned to her room around 7pm and was chatting online.

The next day, at approximately 7am, they noticed that she had posted a sad Vietnamese song onto her social networking site. She also stopped attending lessons over the next few days.

Her friends thought she had fallen sick and tried contacting her, but were not able to get in touch with her.

Shin Min Daily News reported that her boyfriend had also tried contacting her for three days and was not able to get her. He then decided to look for her at the hostel and that was when he noticed a foul smell from the room.

He informed the hostel employee, who then forced the door open and found the victim's body in the wardrobe. She is believed to have been deceased for over two days.

No weapons were found in her room and she did not suffer from any injuries. Police did not find any suicide note and the room was not ransacked.

The Chinese evening dailies also reported that residents who lived in the vicinity heard people arguing on Monday evening. A resident who lives on the ninth floor of the nearby HDB block said that he saw a group of men and women arguing downstairs.

Authorities have classified Ms Nguyen's death as unnatural and are currently investigating the case.

From Asiaone, "Student's body found in closet".

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