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Swiss tourist dead, believed raped, murdered

Swiss tourist dead, believed raped, murdered

PHUKET: The body of a 57-year-old Swiss woman who is believed to have been raped and murdered was found in a creekbed near the Ao Yon Waterfall in Wichit, on Phuket’s east coast, yesterday afternoon (Aug 5).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 6 August 2021, 01:24AM

Region 8 Police Commander Lt Gen Kitrat Panpetch held a special press conference at Wichit Police Station last night and confirmed that the woman had arrived on the island on July 13.

The woman’s body was found by Nattapong Sridum, 31, a local resident in Wichit.

Her body was covered by a black sheet, obscuring it from view by any passers-by along the road some 40 metres away. However, her feet were exposed and could be seen, Lt Gen Kitrat said.

Forensic investigators believe the woman had died at least 48 hours before her body was found.

However, her body was now being examined to confirm the cause of death and other factors, Lt Gen Kitrat said.

Investigators at the scene found that her body was naked from the waist down. A pair of denim shorts was found discarded nearby, as were a pair of Nike trainers and her phone.

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Lt Gen Kitrat deplored the woman’s death as “shocking”. 

“The deceased was a foreign woman who had repeatedly returned to Phuket, which is a tourist city and a pilot model of being a tourist city under the New Normal in the era of the COVID epidemic crisis,” he said.

“This may affect the image of the safety of foreign tourists,” he added.

Lt Gen Kitrat said it had yet to be confirmed whether or not the woman had arrived as a tourist under the Phuket Sandbox scheme or as a different type of visitor.

National police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk had already expressed his concern over the incident, Lt Gen Kitrat said last night.

“Gen Suwat will travel to the area tomorrow [Aug 6] to monitor the progress of the case by himself,” he noted.

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Christy Sweet | 07 August 2021 - 01:12:24

The Swiss Federal Assembly is like the US Congress or UK Parliament- nothing to do with Embassies whatsoever but by all means, conjecture away !! 

wagsthedog | 06 August 2021 - 16:20:17

she has been identified on twitter apparently she is in a senior role with the Swiss Embassy, no doubt the Swiss will be saying: please explain!

DeKaaskopp | 06 August 2021 - 16:08:29

Time to transfer this case into the hands of Inspector K. and his colleagues from the expat league. Their knowledge from watching countless TV series should be enough to solve this case.

Christy Sweet | 06 August 2021 - 14:07:57

The Daily Mail is reporting the woman ..[gasps] 'traveled alone' to Phuket in typical old-bleating goat sexism victim blaming. Good grief.  

Fascinated | 06 August 2021 - 10:20:29

"This may affect the image of the safety of foreign tourists''. How crass is that- typical about the official attitude here. Phuket first, despite the truth. They should be worried about the tourists NOT the image. No way they can call this one as fake news. RiP.

Xi_Virus | 06 August 2021 - 10:13:17

Jobless people are easily converted to CRIMINALS here in land of MESSBox. (RTP might soon catch two Burmese Guitar player!!??!)

Thai media had more shocking information regarding this crime I would not recommand reading that as it will make you SICK.


GerryT81 | 06 August 2021 - 09:32:33

@Nasa   How can something like this happen ? Do you have any idea how many rapes/homicides  are happening in Phuket or Thailand or in any other place in the world daily ? Another nail in the coffin ? Jeez !

Nasa12 | 06 August 2021 - 08:00:34

"Secure the scene" in Thailand means trample all the evidence so the culprits can get away with it or be milked by the police.

agogohome | 06 August 2021 - 07:53:44

Bad news for the island - and Thaiand - when the global media pick on the story! 

Kurt | 06 August 2021 - 07:39:43

RIP Swiss lady. Wish her family strength with lost.  Photo's show  many RTP tramples evidence at crime scene area. There should be only forensic police in isolating clothes and face mask at crime scene. Same, again, as years ago on Koh Tao, there also was evidence trampled by RTP and who more. 

Nasa12 | 06 August 2021 - 05:31:48

RIP dear Swiss lady.The sandbox has been cursed.How can something like this happen.Robbed,raped and murdered? Security and safety on this island is clearly a very very serious concern as you now have a murder loose.Another nail in the coffin for the sandbox


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