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Remains thought to be missing Russian tourist sent for tests

SURAT THANI: Tissue, bone samples and diving gear found in the sea off Koh Tao have been sent to Bangkok for DNA checks as investigators try to shed light on what happened to a Russian tourist missing since the middle of last month.

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Friday 10 March 2017, 04:52PM


A box containing evidence found in the sea off Koh Tao is sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine from Surat Thani airport on Friday (Mar 10) to determine whether any of the remains are of missing tourist Valentina Novozhyonova. Photo: Bangkok Post / Supapong Chaolan
A box containing evidence found in the sea off Koh Tao is sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine from Surat Thani airport on Friday (Mar 10) to determine whether any of the remains are of missing tourist Valentina Novozhyonova. Photo: Bangkok Post / Supapong Chaolan

 

Koh Tao Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Napa Senathip flew by helicopter from the island to Surat Thani airport today (Mar 10), and sent a box containing some bones, tissue samples, a goggle strap and a green vest to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Police General Hospital in Bangkok.

Forensic specialists will need about a week to confirm whether they match DNA samples collected from the Koh Tao Hostel where Valentina Novozhyonova stayed.

The items were found by divers on the seabed in Chalok Ban Kao Bay yesterday (Mar 9), and are the best lead yet as to what became of the missing Russian tourist.

Ms Novozhyonova, 23, checked into the resort on Feb 11. The hostel owner asked police to help find her on Feb 24, because she had not checked out as scheduled on Feb 16 and had not been seen.

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The hostel management said they did not immediately alert police as they assumed she had travelled on elsewhere without bothering to check out.

Police investigators believe Ms Novozhyonova drowned while diving in waters off the island in Koh Pha-ngan district.

Police and volunteer divers continued searching the bay on Friday in hope of finding clues to her fate.

 

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jogi | 11 March 2017 - 12:23:00

@Falang22   like you, first,I hope they get the truth, and second, if they get the truth, they don't sweep it under the carped for the sake of tourism dollar's. do we hope for to much??? dive with rocks in the backpack, you can dive faster and deeper tie himself the hand's to the back and hang himself on koh tao? mybe he was not religious and  didn't want to start something new in his last moment's. (fold his hand's and pray to god)

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Falang22 | 10 March 2017 - 21:48:18

Ok, They found a bone, and other media showed a mask that had been in water for at least 2 months, a mask not used by freedivers, and finding the body would not be a proof that this was an accident or suicide, we still remember many unsolved cases in the region, including a man who on the neighbour island according to the police threw himself in the ocean with rocks in his backpack, deeper journalism please - and then police from Day one indicated that this man could also be a dive accident, the rocks would help him dive. Really? And we of course all, I hope, remember the sad murders and rape of the British tourists on Koh Tao, for me, nothing has changed except that the still on loose mass murder has learned to throw his victims in the sea...

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