A 28-year-old South Korean woman is dead and her boyfriend missing after the two jumped into the sea following an argument. Police suspect suicide.
Patong Provincial Police Station was alerted after residents had discovered the corpse of an Asian woman on the shore of Patong Beach at around 5:10 early Wednesday morning. Police later identified her as 28-year-old Ga-Ram Hong from South Korea.
Pol Maj Batapi Srichai, an investigator at Patong Provincial Police Station, said Ms Hong was lying on the sand only wearing underwear. “She was identified by tattoos on her right hand and on her lower back,” Pol Maj Batapi said. No evidence of foul play was found, he added.
What initially appeared to be a swimming accident soon turned into a suspected suicide. “The sea was rough and red flag warnings against swimming in the area were posted on the beach at the time of the incident”, the investigator said.
Interrogation of witnesses, including the security guard of The Charm Resort where the couple had stayed at, substantiated the suspicion. “Ms Hong was seen leaving the hotel at around 1:20 followed by her 25-year-old boyfriend Siwoo Park,” Pol Lt Col Somsak Tonggliang said in a press conference on Wednesday.
The pair was seen arguing at the beach when Ms Hong suddenly threw herself into the water. “Mr Siwoo followed her and dragged her back out”, he said. “They then continued to quarrel.” Moments later, the stirred up couple again dove into the sea, but this time, they disappeared behind the waves.
Hours later, the lifeless body of Ms Hong was found around 300 meters away from the spot where they had entered the water, police said. The body of Mr Park is still missing.
Police officers also investigated the hotel room of the South Korean couple but did not find anything unusual. They had checked in on June 26 and were scheduled to leave on Wednesday, police said.
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