Renée Joy Hodgkinson
On Koh Phi Phi, beachgoers made a gruesome discovery as they found the body of a 24-year-old New Zealand female tourist floating lifelessly in the water.
Several Thai online news websites reported the incident and said that the body was discovered on Wednesday noon in the island’s Loh Dalam Bay. The bay is located in the centre of Koh Phi Phi Don, the largest of the six Phi Phi islands which are administrative parts of Ao Nang subdistrict in Krabi province and is considered to be one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Officials of the Phi Phi Islands National Park supported by local boat operators recovered the body of the woman and brought her back to the beach at around 12:30. Deputy investigator Pol Lt Tanagon Tammakan, who had received the information, and investigator-in-charge Pol Lt Col Chetpan Wichaidit of Koh Phi Phi Provincial Police Station were assigned to the case.
“The woman appeared to be of European descent and might be around 30 to 35 years of age,” Pol Lt Col Chetpan told TNews. However, as her identity became clear the following day, police identified the woman later as Renée Joy Hodgkinson, 24, from Dunedin in New Zealand.
Officials transported the body to Koh Phi Phi Hospital to officially confirm the cause of death which police assumed is most probably drowning. An initial examination estimated the time of death to be six hours prior being found.
Investigators took photographs of the body and are now contacting hotels on the island to establish the identity of the dead woman, Pol Lt Col Chetpan told media representatives.
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