NATIONAL Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk said today (August 6) before flying to Phuket with a team of senior police officers to investigate the death of a Swiss woman tourist believed to have been raped and murdered that there are no surveillance cameras anywhere near the waterfall where her body was found, Voice TV and Sanook.com said.
He added that although there was a lot of evidence at the scene of death of the Swiss woman, identified as Mrs. Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, 57, there were no CCTVs around with the last one being near her accomodation.
However he was confident that the suspect would be captured and prosecuted soon but pointed out that right now the investigators were waiting for the forensic report.
Read earlier report: Swiss woman found dead at Phuket waterfall, likely raped and murdered
The deceased woman travelled to Phuket alone and disappeared from her accommodation on Tuesday August 3 with her body found at Ton Ao Yon waterfall yesterday afternoon. This is a secluded spot that is not visited by many tourists.
Asked whether cases of foreigners dying in the Koh Samui area will be used in comparison with this case, Pol. Gen. Suwat said each case is different and evidence found and the forensic report will be used fully in the investigation.
Accompanying Pol .Gen. Suwit to Phuket today were Pol. Maj. Gen. Jirapob Phuridet, deputy chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, Pol. Maj. Gen. Noppasil Poonsawas, investigation chief at Provincial Police Region 7, and other detectives.
Meanwhile Mr. Anucha Burachaisri, a spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, said PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was aware of the death of Mrs. Sauvain-Weisskopf who was a Phuket Sandbox tourist and sends his condolences to her family.
Gen. Prayut has told both central and local police teams to quickly investigate the facts and report back to him.
He also ordered all government agencies to more stringently take care of tourists who are coming in under various schemes.
At the same time Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai called Swiss Ambassador to Thailand Mrs. Helene Budliger Artieda to express his condolences to her and the deceased woman’s family. He also told the Swiss Ambassador he will keep her posted on the progress in investigating this case.
The waterfall where the Swiss woman tourist, masked photo inset, died. Thai headline says, “Rushing to solve the case.” Photo: Sanook.com