Police investigating the murders of the two British tourists in Thailand have marked two Britons as “possible suspects” who will face questioning.
23 year old Hannah Witheridge and 24 year old David Miller were both found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday. According to police, the pair’s injuries were severe, with deep wounds to the head and face, allegedly inflicted by a garden hoe, which was found nearby.
Two British men who had been with the victims in the days before their death have now been placed in “police care” in Bangkok. They have not been formally detained or arrested but have been prevented from leaving Thailand.
One of the men had been questioned beforehand but released and the other had already left the island, but focus has been renewed on the two because of forensic evidence.
Thai police have been focussing their investigation on the Burmese migrant worker community on Koh Tao, arresting six Burmese nationals and 70 Thai police questioning migrant workers and tourists on the island.
Images from CCTV cameras were released on Tuesday night, one image showing the two victims walking hand-on-hand out of a bar and the second showing an Asian looking man they wished to speak to.
The family of Hannah Witheridge described her as “a beautiful, intelligent, loving young woman who poured joy into the lives of all who knew her. Our family are utterly devastated and shocked by what has happened to our beautiful Hannah. To lose her in the way that we have is beyond comprehension.”
“We are heartbroken and no words can possibly describe how we feel.”
David Miller’s family said: “David was an artist by temperament. He had a creative eye that he carried with him through life and in his degree.
“He was hard-working, bright and conscientious, with everything to look forward to. David was very giving to his family and friends and we all adored him. He will be sorely, sorely missed.”