Backpacker Hunted Over Thailand Double Murder

A manhunt is continuing in Thailand for a backpacker linked to the double murder of two British tourists on the beach of a popular holiday island.

The semi-naked bodies of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and David Miller, 24, from Jersey, were found with serious head injuries on a rocky section of the shore on Koh Tao.

A bloodstained hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found nearby.

Police are said to be looking for a British man, who apparently knew Mr Miller, and may have fled to Bangkok.

The British authorities were aware of reports about the suspect and a source said they were “looking into them urgently”.

Locals were reported to have blockaded Koh Tao’s only pier in a bid to prevent the killer escaping.

The victims’ bodies, found around 100 yards from the scene of a beach party, were removed from the beach in blue body bags.

Police Colonel Prachum Ruangthong said: “The man was chopped in the back and on the side of his head, while the woman was chopped in her face.

“It’s very gruesome.”

Investigators were checking CCTV from local bars and restaurants at the destination popular with divers.

Friends have paid tribute to the victims on social media.

Mr Miller’s girlfriendJessy Howorth said: “My best friend and the love of my life. We were meant to have so much more time together but I’ll continue loving you everyday forever.”

Friend Ellie Griffiths said: “So shocked and upset to hear about the death of such an incredibly warm, charismatic, smiley and insightful person.

“Your absence on this planet will be missed and often thought about, I’m so pleased and honoured to have known you Dave.”

A Facebook tribute page was set up in memory of Miss Witheridge.

Kal Sylvan Holmes, a friend, said: “Just found out a friend from school was murdered in Thailand. I feel sick and upset.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said staff from its Bangkok office were on their way to Koh Tao.

“We are aware of the death of two British nationals on 15 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,” she said.

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16 September 2014 | 3:39 am – Source: orange.co.uk

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