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Jonathan Mark Lemley,  found lying on Phuket's Karon beach today

UPDATE Phuket Riddle of Battered Caucasian Man on Beach Solved: He's American

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Updating All Day, Every Day

THE MAN found on Karon beach was identified late on Saturday night as an American, Jonathan Mark Lemley, 28. He remains in intensive care. His wife is on Phuket.

Original Report

PHUKET: A bearded Caucasian man who appears to have been the victim of a head injury is in a Phuket hospital while the holiday island's top policeman heads an investigation to find out what happened.

The man, aged 35 to 40, was discovered on the beach at Karon, south of Patong, about 8am, not far from the landmark lagoon.

His head appeared to have been beaten and his face was also damaged. Nearby were two long sticks, police said.

The man was unconscious and has so far not recovered enough to explain to police who he is or what happened.

There was no identification on him. Parked a short distance away on the sand from where the fair-headed man was found, police found a black Honda motorcycle with the Malaysian registration JQE 4237.

Late today, with the man still in the Phuket City hospital's intensive care unit, Phuket Police Commander Major General Pachara Boonyasit was heading the Karon investigation.

Detectives hope to find some security camera footage that could provide clues to the man's movements.

Thailand has been beset by problems in the tourism sector since the murders of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on September 15 on Koh Tao.

That tragedy has since been followed by the drowning of two Indians and two Koreans in separate marine disasters off Phuket's neighboring province of Krabi.


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In the meanwhile, at the time when the world was busy with Koh Tao murders, last month near Pattaya at Koh Larn a.k.a. "Coral is." 2 Belgians were found beheaded at their yacht.

Actually, it is not less horrendous that Koh Tao slaughter.

Posted by Sue on October 25, 2014 17:41


The plate should give a name, not a Sherlock job. Hope he recovers and can tell his story.

Posted by Resident on October 25, 2014 18:57


It`s the Karon Police investigation this ?

Posted by Bjorn Ronningen on October 25, 2014 19:49


Already in the preferred three quarter prone position by accident - the American's body is placed almost perfectly for quality treatment, unlike the treatment he received the night before.

Posted by farang888 on October 25, 2014 21:15


I remember a few year's ago that there used to be some pretty tough lady boy's hanging out on and around Karon beach after midnight. If he was taking a late night stroll I wouldn't be surprised if he encountered one or two of the evening ladies. So tempting, but oh so dangerous.

Posted by Donald Jackson on October 26, 2014 12:19


Hope he recovers soon..

Also I hope his wife has other family with them , as. She must be devastated with what's happened ... She DEFINETLY needs some support...

Posted by Robert on October 26, 2014 17:05

Thursday December 9, 2021
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa


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