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home : community : community Friday, April 28, 2017

8/15/2016 1:55:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Investigation Continues Into Deaths Of Zoua Vang And Tou Chang Xiong

Amy Doeun

Northernaire Motel Photo Ellen Galles KSTP
In a statement released by the St. Paul Police department regarding the June 1st deaths of Zoua Vang, 27 (Osseo, WI) and Tou Chang Xiong, 24 (LaCrosse, WI), the deaths were ruled suicides by the medical examiner. There was no trauma to either of them and cyanide poisoning is ruled the cause of death. They were found at the Northernaire Motel in Maplewood. They had checked in May 31st and an employee of the motel found them the following day.

The employees of the motel were trying to clear the parking lot for a resurfacing crew to work that day. When the car was not moved they were able to determine what room it was registered to. When they approached the room, they discovered the bodies around 2:00 pm. When the police arrived the two were pronounced dead at the scene.

Hmong Times spoke with Paul Schell of the St. Paul Police Department. Hmong Times asked about background profiles and the time line leading up to the deaths. He said that it was still an ongoing investigation and quite extensive including phone records and other electronic records.

Schell added that he wanted to be sensitive to the families of both the deceased but confirmed that, "We have a whole range of digital evidence connecting the two and showing that the deaths were suicides and planned in advance."

"Both of them had other relationships. They were both married but not to each other," stated Schell. He also said that children were involved.

The main question for the investigation going forward is, "Why did they come here [Minnesota] and when did they get here?"




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