British Tourists Found Dead in Thailand
BANGKOK Two British tourists were found dead Monday in a brutal attack on a beach in southern Thailand, police said.
The bodies of a man and a woman were found on a beach on Koh Tao, said police Col. Prachum Ruangthong, who is in charge of the precinct. Koh Tao is an island in the Gulf of Thailand famous for its white sand beaches and diving sites.
The police found a bloodied hoe not far from the bodies, which they said they believe had been used as a weapon.
The gruesome slayings took place as the junta-appointed government is trying to boost the tourism industry, which has suffered through a prolonged political crisis since late last year.
The female victim, 23, was half naked and her head was battered and hacked, possibly by the hoe, Col. Prachum said. The man’s head was also severely hit by a hard object. He was 24 years old.
Police didn’t release the victims’ names. Their bodies were being sent for postmortem examination at the police forensic institution in Bangkok.
Based on interviews with the pair’s friends, they met each other only recently at a late-night party on the beach, said Gen. Kiatpong Khaosamang, police chief of Suratthani province.
“This is the first case in eight years” in which foreign tourists were fatally attacked on the island, Gen. Kiatpong said. Police didn’t disclose any possible suspects or a motive.
Police said they plan to interview partygoers, friends of the victims, and migrant workers on the island.
“But we haven’t singled out any group yet,” Gen. Kiatpong said.
Footage from surveillance camera will also be checked.