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Christopher Alan Ware being questioned by police on Koh Tao

Thailand Tourist Murders: British Friend Called Back to Koh Tao for More Questions

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
PHUKET: A British traveller named as Christopher Alan Ware is being questioned again by police investigating the savage murder of two British tourists, Phuketwan learned today from police sources.

DNA samples are expected to reveal today whether Ware is a prime suspect or whether several Burmese remain under suspicion for the slayings of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24.

Ware left the holiday island of Koh Tao yesterday but returned this morning in response to a request from police. Later, he was taken to the beach where the murder took place.

Today brought more unusual twists in the pursuit of the killer or killers.

Region 8 Police Commander Panya Mamen told Phuketwan: ''David Miller's luggage contains a pair of bloodstained pants, which adds to the mystery.

''There was also blonde hair on a mobile telephone police have now located.''

It's understood that Miller and Ware shared a room at the Ocean View Bungalows, where Hannah Witheridge was also staying.

Doctors have been asked to determine whether cuts on Ware's hands are old wounds or fresh cuts. A hoe was used to kill the British travellers.

Another report today, so far unconfirmed, says that blonde hair has been found in one of Hannah Witheridge's hands.

Both bodies are expected to be autopsied in Bangkok today as more than 300 police conduct further inquiries on the Thai holiday island where the two bodies were found on a beach early on Monday.

Police conducted tests and found that sound does not travel far from the cove where the bodies were found because of rocks that surround the small sandy beach.

Phuket detective and forensics specialist Colonel Santi Chainiramai is among a number of police called in from surrounding jurisdictions to solve the murders as fast as possible.

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Please call in DR Pornthip before it's too late.

Posted by Vfaye on September 17, 2014 13:08

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I hope they find the killer soon and I hope it were not Thai people who murdered the young travelers. A bad hit to tourism again anyway after the coup.

Posted by Volker on September 17, 2014 14:42

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Why have you changed this article?

Posted by Feisty Farang on September 17, 2014 15:34

Editor Comment:

Huh? We haven't changed this article. We have removed a later article that was attributed to another usually reliable outlet. However, it appears to have been based on false information.

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Breaking news on Thai TV has police now saying this English guy is their man.

Posted by Arun Muruga on September 17, 2014 16:38

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I love how this is getting so much media attention. Why? Because they were British? Because they had connections? My friend was brutally murdered in Malaysia and was a Hungarian national working for British Airways. Nobody reported anything and the story was far more interesting with a twist.

Posted by TaylorLondon on September 17, 2014 20:24

Editor Comment:

Malaysia tends to downplay or even suppress any event that works against tourism. Thailand's media is relatively free by comparison. But two tourists being killed on a beach would be big news anywhere.

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Ed, If my sources are accurate (phuketwan 2013 and www.gov.uk 2014,) the figure is around 1 in 2,400 British Nationals died in Thailand in 2013. Its not scaremongering , its a statistical fact.

People can decide themselves if 1 in 2,400 is high, low, or whatever.. in a stadium of 25,000 people, I know it would mean about 10 people...usually only one wins the 50-50 draw..

Posted by farang888 on September 18, 2014 02:45

Editor Comment:

People are already deciding for themselves, farang888. They come to Thailand knowing that it's a more dangerous place than home, that the roads kill, that excessive use of drugs can be dangerous, that the expat residents are mostly in their 60s and in God's waiting room, and that the chances of dying on a sofa in front of the tv here are slim. And a few are going to be killed in Thailand by people from other foreign countries. As you've pointed out, this is not news. It is regularly reported. You'll find Bali getting especially bad publicity for similar reasons right now. Regurgitating old information serves no useful purpose, unless you have your own research to add.

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farang888,

I thought so myself until I did a search and discovered that Thailand and the Philippines tends to be death by old age.

http://www.british-consulate.org/british-expatriates-holiday-makers.html

Posted by John on September 19, 2014 13:06


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