BANGKOK – The British ambassador to Thailand has offered technical assistance to help Thai police speed up their investigation into the murder of two British backpackers in southern Thailand.
Mark Kent, the United Kingdom's Ambassador in Bangkok, said during a meeting with Thailand's police chief today that British authorities are willing to provide equipment, experts, and other forms of assistance to Thai officials involved in the murder investigation.
It has been more than two weeks since British tourists David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found bludgeoned to death on the popular island of Koh Tao. Thai police have yet to arrest any suspects in connection with the murder.
Pol.Gen. Somyot Pumphanmuang told the British ambassador that Thai police are working at their fullest capacity to solve the case, and stressed that the investigation will take time. Police have collected DNA samples from hundreds of individuals on the island that should hopefully help identity the killer, Pol.Gen. Somyot said.
The investigation into the murder case has been widely criticised, with Thai police providing a series of contradicting statements to the press.
Yesterday Pol.Lt.Gen Panya Mamen, assistant to the national police chief, said police will apply for arrest warrants "in two days."
Pol.Maj.Gen. Suwat Chaengyordsuk said today that police have detained two migrant workers who may have information about the murder, but refused to elaborate on the details.
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