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Police are looking for two Portuguese men last seen with the two holidaying Canadian sisters who died under mysterious circumstances at a hotel on Koh Phi Phi off Krabi province last week.

The men are believed to hold clues about the women's deaths.

Investigators on Thursday checked CCTV footage from cameras at Phi Phi Palms Residence Hotel.

The footage, recorded between 1.10am and 1.14am on June 13, captured a male foreigner escorting the sisters back to their hotel room. A source close to the police investigation said the man was identified as Luciano Tinto, a 30-year-old Portuguese.

The man and his friend of the same nationality stayed at the same hotel as the sisters, the source said. The friend was not identified.

The source said before they were found dead, the two sisters were spotted with the two men at night entertainment venues on Phi Phi island.

Noemi Belanger, 26, and Audrey Belanger, 20, checked into the hotel in tambon Ao Nang of Muang district on June 13 and were found dead in their room on June 15. The source said the two Portuguese men checked out of the hotel and headed to Phuket on the same day the two Canadians died.

Meanwhile, relatives of the sisters arrived Thursday at Ramathibodi Hospital to collect their bodies for burial.

Wicharn Priewnim, head of the forensic medicine unit of the hospital, said toxicology results are expected to be known in one to two weeks.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said yesterday the Canadian embassy has asked the ministry to coordinate efforts between the two countries to investigate the deaths.

Mr Surapong said the embassy also asked for tissue samples from the bodies to conduct lab tests. The ministry has referred the request to relevant officials.

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