Friday, 10 March 2017

3/10/2017 04:15:00 am
Valentina Novozhyonova vanished while 

visiting Koh Tao.

Same island where Brits Hannah Witheridge 

and David Miller were murdered in 2014.

MYSTERY surrounds the disappearance of a Russian tourist on an idyllic Thai island where two Brits were brutally murdered.

Valentina Novozhyonova, 23, vanished from her hostel on Koh Tao in mid-February, sparking a police search.

Valentina Novozhyonova disappeared from the island sometime between February 11 and February 16

The Russian traveller had visited Koh Tao to undertake diving courses.

The idyllic island has seen a series of high-profile deaths in recent years.

She had checked into the hostel on February 11 and was due to check out on February 16 – but failed to do so.

A few days later, staff checked her room to discover her mobile phone, passport and camera had all been left behind.

Koh Tao is located in the Gulf of Thailand near the party islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, and was the scene of the brutal double-killing of Brits Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

The island has been dubbed ‘Death Island’ amid wild speculation regarding the cause of recent deaths among locals.

Valentina was reported to have been visiting the island to go freediving – an activity the area is famed for among backpackers.

Police chief Apichart Boonsrirote said he assigned teams to check all surveillance cameras around the hostel and on the island to find out where she was last seen.

Brit David Miller was killed while visiting the island in 2014

Meanwhile, the family of David Miller have appealed for leniency for his killers facing a death sentence.

The 24-year-old was bludgeoned to death with pal Hannah, 23, on Koh Tao in 2014.

Burmese migrants Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin initially confessed to the killings but then retracted their statements saying they were tortured.

They launched an appeal against the death sentences, but the verdict was upheld in Koh Samui this week.

David was killed alongside Hannah Witheridge in the horrific double slaying

That was rejected this week and David’s family are satisfied the right men have been convicted.

They said in a statement: “The evidence is overwhelming and we feel justice has been done.

“We remain confident that this is the correct decision. We hope that the Thai authorities will show leniency in relation to the death sentence.”

David, from Jersey, and Hannah, of Norwich, were battered with a hoe as they walked to a hotel. Hannah was also raped.

UPDATE 09-03-2017: 

Body parts found in Koh Tao.

Thursday evening dive teams discovered five objects believed to be body parts off the coast of Koh Tao. 

The chilling discovery was made in Chalok Baan Kao Bay. A green vest and dive mask were also recovered. 

The ‘objects’, that have been described as bone and flesh, have been sent for forensic examination in a bid to discover if they belong to missing Russian Miss Novozhyonova. 

The green vest and dive mask were found in four to five meters of water. Police are still appealing for information with regards to the missing woman, who was said to have been free diving in Koh tao where hundreds go diving and snorkelling each day. 

It is unclear why a body would be found in pieces at this stage. The area where the discovery was made has been cleared of boats. The search will continue on Friday.

Source: The Sun & Samui Times

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