Police: Autopsies complete for sisters found dead in Seychelles

VICTORIA, Seychelles – Police in Seychelles say two American sisters found dead in their island villa died of excess fluid in their lungs.

The bodies of 37-year-old Annie Korkki and 42-year-old Robin Korkki were found last week at the Maia resort on Seychelles’ main island, Mahe. Seychelles is an archipelago nation off Africa’s east coast in the Indian Ocean.

The police report, obtained by U.S. television station KARE, says autopsies show the Minnesota natives died from acute pulmonary edema, or having fluid in their lungs. Cerebral edema, or fluid in the brain, was also cited in Anne Korkki’s death.

The report says no visible signs of injuries were found.

The autopsies were done Wednesday by a forensic pathologist in Mauritius, a neighboring island.

Annie Korkki lived in Denver. Robin Korkki lived in Chicago.

‘This isn’t happening’

Thousands of miles away in the United States, worried relatives are seeking answers.

In Minneapolis, their brother told a local paper that the family is getting no information on the case. Some family members have traveled to Seychelles to gather details and bring the sisters’ bodies home.

“At this point, the only details we know are the articles flying around online,” Chris Korkki told the Star Tribune this week. “Two things keep going through my mind: This isn’t happening, and we just want answers.”

He said his sisters were healthy and adventurous, and loved to “experience life to the fullest.”

Popular destination

Seychelles, off Africa’s east coast, is a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches, warm water and coral reefs. The sisters were staying in Mahe, one of 115 islands in the nation.

They arrived in Seychelles on September 15, and were due to leave on September 24, two days after they were found dead, Toussaint said.