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    Thailand - David Miller, 24, & Hannah Witheridge, 23, Koh Tao, 15 Sep 2014

    Reports are coming in that two British nationals (male and female) have been found dead of terrible head wounds, on a Thai beach in Koh Tao.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29203116

    'The naked bodies of two British tourists who had apparently been attacked with a hoe have been found on a beach, police have said.

    The victims - believed to be a 23-year-old woman and 24-year-old man - were found with gruesome head wounds on a rocky beach on Koh Tao, an island in Surat Thani province known for its diving sites and stunning beaches.'

    http://news.sky.com/story/1336026/br...thailand-beach
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    'The woman had been raped, according to local reports.'

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...f-Koh-Tao.html
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    'Police have locked down the island of Koh Tao after the half-naked bodies of two foreign tourists were found brutally murdered there this morning.

    Reports say that all piers on the popular resort island were closed after police launched an intensive manhunt to find the killers of the victims in their early 20s. Police said no identification was found on the bodies, but they are believed to be British.

    Police have not yet notified their next of kin.'

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crim...red-on-koh-tao
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    Oh no. How tragic. I have no doubt the local police are working hard to find the killers. Something like that will ruin their tourist industry if they don't make the necessary effort to quell fears. I hope they catch them.
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    It's in Surat Thani province and this report says it was the island's residents who rushed to the port to prevent the suspects leaving.

    The couple are said to have attended a party nearby and police are checking cctv. I guess from that, they have been told who the couple are but can't confirm, as the bodies were found naked and without ID.

    My thoughts are with the families of these young people.

    http://asiancorrespondent.com/126710...koh-tao-beach/
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    How awful. Sounds like they were on a fairly populated island/beach as well. Wonder if it was a random attack, or a planned one, since their bungalow was so close to the where they were found dead.

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    A lot of info on this Thai expat forum here, where they have been tracking events from very early on. All linked and not full of speculation or anything.

    http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/...koh-tao-beach/
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    An early report here named the victims, but has now with withdrawn them until families have been informed. One victim may be a Dutch/Dutch-British citizen.

    http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2014/09/1...-koh-tao-beach
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    The names are being widely reported now. It seems to me they are both British, even if the female had dual citizenship, as that's a British name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zwiebel View Post
    A lot of info on this Thai expat forum here, where they have been tracking events from very early on. All linked and not full of speculation or anything.

    http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/...koh-tao-beach/
    Thanks for that link. I scanned the forum and I guess that local crime in that beach area has been problematic for awhile now. And I hadn't realized the couple had been staying there in a beach bungalow for weeks already. Sadly, they were noticed by the wrong people.
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    'The Foreign Office (FCO) confirmed the dead woman was from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, while the man was from Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

    The FCO has also sent a representative to the island to assist with the investigation. '

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    I think I found her Fb. Poor girl, so young, so innocent looking.

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    Disgusting!
    Since the female received gruesome blows to the face, wonder if this was a personal attack, instigated by jealousy?

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    "And as further details began to emerge today, detectives were said to be searching for a British man, believed to be a friend of one of the victims, who left the island on an early ferry this morning and is heading to Bangkok, ITV News reported"

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    http://www.citifmonline.com/2014/09/...on-thai-beach/

    "The man was chopped in the back and on the side of his head, while the woman was chopped in her face,’ police chief Prachum Ruangthong said. ‘It’s very gruesome.’

    He said the victims’ clothes and a bloodstained hoe were found near the bodies.

    Police said they have no immediate suspects and are checking more camera footage in search of the attacker.

    ‘We don’t know who the suspect might be yet, but we have talked to different witnesses who might lead us to some clues,’ Mr Kiattipong said".

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    He added that the woman was travelling with three other friends."

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    Sorry, 3 in row..


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ay-island.html

    "We need to talk to this man as a matter of urgency," said a spokesman for the Thai police.

    Detectives said the man is believed to have left the island on the first available ferry to the mainland and was thought to be heading for Bangkok.

    Police also temporarily detained another friend of the victim after it emerged that he had injuries to his hands, but he was released after providing what the police described as a "satisfactory explanation".

    Police Colonel Songsak, who was brought in from the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan said: "We wish to interview [the victim's] friend, but we cannot give out his details at this stage. His name has been circulated. They all arrived together on August 25th. We need to talk to him as a matter of urgency."

    Colonel Songsak said the female victim had arrived on Koh Tao with three friends on September 12th and had met the other group just three days ago".

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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ay-island.html
    "While the police have expressed an interest in tracing the travelling companions of the male victim, most murders of foreigners in Thailand are committed by locals."

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