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16th Sep 2014

Thai Police Hunt For Killer Of Two British Tourists

The bodies of the tourists were discovered yesterday.

Cathy Donohue

Thai police have launched a murder inquiry after two British tourists were found dead on the island of Koh Tao.

The semi naked bodies of David Miller (24), from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge (23), from Norfolk, were discovered with “gruesome” head injuries yesterday.

A bloodstained hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found nearby on the beach which is known for its dive sites.

“We are focusing on migrant workers because of the surrounding witnesses and evidence, including the video footage,” Major General Kiattipong Khawsamang said. “We are sweeping hotels, bars, businesses and residences of migrant workers on the beach to find the suspect.”

It is not thought that the victims were a couple but they are said to have recently befriended each other while holidaying on the island.

The victims have been named as Hannah Witheridge and David Miller

CCTV footage has been released and a man in one of the images is thought to be a suspect, according to The Guardian. However police say they are following a number of leads.

A British Foreign Office spokeswoman has said that staff from its Bangkok office were on their way to Koh Tao: “We are aware of the death of two British nationals on 15th September on the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand.

“The embassy are urgently seeking information from the local authorities and consular staff stand ready to provide assistance to friends and family at this tragic time.”