Gambling linked to double suicide |

Gambling linked to double suicide

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

As the investigation of two Marina, Calif., women who took a death leap from the top of a casino parking garage nears completion, relatives and friends remain mystified about why the women jumped in the first place.

Lt. Mike Biaggini, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Department investigator, said part of the report centered on the two seamstresses having gambling problems. He wouldn’t elaborate further.

In his 21 years with Douglas County, Biaggini said he’s never dealt with a double suicide.

Toxicology results have not been received and Biaggini wouldn’t comment whether alcohol or drugs are suspected of being in their systems.

In the early hours of July 15, Tong Son Satchell, 44, and Mi Ai Eyer, 53, went to the top of Harveys Resort Casino parking garage, climbed on top of a planter box and jumped nearly 60 feet to the pavement, deputies reported.

Satchell and Eyer were cousins and best friends who would take trips to Tahoe. They were not registered guests at Harveys.

Satchell’s husband, who didn’t give his name, said he is reserving comment until the investigation is concluded. He did say he last saw his wife, and mother of a 24-year-old son, July 12th, the morning she left for Tahoe.

“She was in good spirits,” he said. “She said she was going to work. I was caught totally off guard.”

Butch Fernandez, friends of Leroy, Eyer’s husband, said the suicides are difficult to understand.

“Her husband did mention her bad habit in gambling,” Fernandez wrote in an e-mail. “It is not like her to have taken her life without talking especially to her son Bernard. That’s about all I know. Not normal for two people to have taken their lives in jumping off a building. Hard to believe.”

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