SEYCHELLES, East Africa - Two women, with ties to Minnesota, were found dead in an East African villa last week.
Annie Korkki, 37, and Robin Korkki, 42, were vacationing in Seychelles, an island off Africa's east coast. The Seychelles Nation newspaper reports a Maia Luxury Resort and Spa manager found the sisters unresponsive on Sept. 22, two days before the women were scheduled to leave. Police say there were no signs of obvious trauma.
According to the newspaper report, resort staff spotted the women drinking the day before they were discovered dead. An autopsy is set for this week.
"It's all very surreal," Chris Korkki told KARE 11. "We don't know very much. Our family is still very much in shock. We're devastated."
Chris Korkki, Annie and Robin's brother, says the women, both Eden Prairie High School graduates, "left a huge impact all over the country, from San Francisco to Boston, they were very much loved."
A GiveForward page has been started to help the family with expenses.
"Robin and Annie were loving sisters and best friends. They were loved by many," wrote the page creator, Kim Haller. "Their mother (Sue) and brother (Mike) are currently in Seychelles making arrangements for Robin and Annie to make the journey back to the USA so their family can be whole again. They could really use our help and support so they can focus on what's important. Please consider donating so they can begin the healing process as a family. Thank You!"
Annie Korkki had been most recently living in Denver. Robin Korkki resided in Chicago. The Korkki family has been in contact with both Minnesota senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken for assistance in the investigation and bringing the women back to the United States.