Police continue collecting evidence on British tourist murders


SURAT THANI, Sept 26 After 12 days of investigation of the murders of two British tourists on a small island in southern Thailand, police on Friday continued collecting evidence related to the murders and simultaneously increased the reward to Bt700,000 baht to any person who could provide any clue leading to the arrest of the murderers.

Meanwhile, soldiers from the Vibhavadi Rangsit Army Camp are scheduled to help regulate migrant workers on Ko Tao, the island in the Gulf of Thailand and off the coast of the southern province of Surat Thani, where the bodies of the two British tourists were found on the beach early on September 15.

The two victims were identified as  David William Miller, 24, and Hannah Victoria  Witheridge, 23.

Pol Maj Gen Suwat Chaengyodsuk, commander of Metropolitan Police Bureau heading the police investigation, joined with Region 8 Provincial Police to collect more evidence in a bid to resolve the case by collecting DNA from suspicious Thais and migrant workers on the island.

There are more than 4,000 migrant workers, mostly from Myanmar, staying on the island but officials said more than 1,000 have not yet registered with the authorities.

Some violated the order and left Ko Tao last night.

Because of the loose regulation, soldiers from Vibhavadi Rangsit Army Camp would assist in setting regulations for the migrant workers staying on the island.

Police also suspect migrant workers as being involved in the murders.