Sisters From Chicago and Denver Found Dead in Villa on African Island

Annie and Robin Korkki. Courtesy of Chris Korkki via KARE
Annie and Robin Korkki. Courtesy of Chris Korkki via KARE

A Minnesota man says his family has been given little information on how his two sisters died while vacationing on a tropical African island.

The bodies of Annie Korkki, 37, of Denver, and Robin Korkki, 42, of Chicago, were found in their resort villa last week in Seychelles, an archipelago nation off Africa’s east coast in the Indian Ocean.

Their brother, Chris Korkki, of Lakeville, said the family has learned nothing through official channels about his sisters’ deaths.

“At this point, the only details we know are the articles flying around online,” Chris Korkki told the Star Tribune ( “My mom has been talking with people from the U.S. Embassy. I don’t think they’ve provided her with any information.”

Emails sent by The Associated Press to police and the foreign ministry in Seychelles weren’t immediately returned Thursday. Phone calls to the Seychelles foreign ministry and police rang unanswered.

The sisters’ bodies were found Sept. 22 at the Maia Luxury Resort. Korkki said his mother and brother are in Seychelles to press for answers and to make arrangements to bring his sisters’ bodies back to the U.S.

Korkki said his sisters were adventurous women who “definitely wanted to experience life to the fullest.”

“Two things keep going through my mind: This isn’t happening, and we just want answers,” he said.


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