The car in which a Party official and a 21-year-old woman were found dead in Binh Dinh Province on July 7, 2015. Photo: Tra Quang
Police in the south-central province of Binh Dinh said a Communist Party official and a young woman who were found dead in a car Tuesday died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Nguyen Thanh Binh, 39, secretary of the Hoai Nhon District Party unit, and Nguyen Thi K., 21, waitress, had been found sitting unconscious inside the car parked near a dam in Bong Son town at around 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Some locals saw the car with its engine still running, the duo apparently passed out, and broke the door open only to find them already dead.
The police said following an autopsy that the two died of gas suffocation, adding the old car’s exhaust system had broken down. But they did not say how they had inhaled the carbon monoxide from the exhaust or whether the fumes had gotten inside the car.
Nguyen Van Thien, the Party chief of Binh Dinh Province, told news website VnExpress that Binh had got to know K. only recently after having dinner at the restaurant where she had worked.
He had been “moved” by the difficulties in her life, he said, adding he had driven her home the night before they were found dead.
The site where the car was found is only around 100 meters from K.’s house.
Some neighbors said they had seen the car parked at the mouth of the alley leading to her house at around 11:30 p.m. the previous night.
The following morning they saw the car still parked there and went up to tell the driver not to block the road.
Binh’s hand was still on the steering wheel while K. was sitting next to him with her head on his shoulder.
It looked like they were sleeping, according to a woman named Le Thi Tinh.
The police said there were no blood stains inside the car and no injuries on the duo’s bodies.
They are continuing with their investigation.