A young backpacking couple found dead on Saturday (February 4) in a hotel room in Nongkio Village in the central province of Luang Prabanghave been identified as Alexander Lee, 22, from Melbourne, and Rianne Brouwer, 18, from Bakkum, in the Netherlands. It is believed the bodies had been in the room for several days.
COMMENT: It is still unknown what the cause of death was for the young couple, although the results of autopsies should be available in coming days. The remains of the couple will be apparently be turned over to Australian and Dutch diplomats, respectively, as is normally the case in repatriation cases.
Lee is the third Australian to die in Laos in the past month.
This filing will be updated as information becomes available.