Date
18 December 2017
Thai police remove the bodies of  two identified British tourists who were murdered on a beach on a remote island. Photo: NBC News
Thai police remove the bodies of two identified British tourists who were murdered on a beach on a remote island. Photo: NBC News

Thai cops hunt suspect in gruesome murder of British tourists

Thai police are combing the small Thai resort island of Koh Tao in a widening searh for the suspect in the killing of two British tourists whose naked bodies were found brutally beaten on the beach.  

The unidentified man and woman, both aged 24, were found early Monday with head wounds near a beachside bungalow on the island, a diving hot-spot near Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, according to the French news agency AFP.

A bloodied hoe was recovered 35 meters from the scene of the crime, the report said, citing police official Jakkrapan Kaewkhao.

Police have spent the day interviewing witnesses but have yet to identify a suspect or motive, he said.

Provincial police chief Kiattipong Khawsamang said most of the wounds were to the head, adding the suspect — or suspects — were “probably still on the island”.

Checkpoints have been set-up on the island’s two piers as local police called in reinforcements from neighboring Koh Phangan. Rough seas prevented ferries and boats from leaving.

The two were last seen partying at a local bar just hours before the gruesome killing.

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