SURAT THANI — A 23-year-old British tourist was found dead yesterday on the southern island of Koh Tao, where two British backpackers were brutally murdered last September.
The woman, who British media have identified as Christina Annesley, was found dead in her bungalow on Haat Sai Ri Beach, the same beach that the bodies of British tourists David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found on in September 2014.
A police officer, who asked not to be named, said there was no apparent wounds on the deceased's body. There was also no sign of intrusion or theft in her bungalow, according to the officer. Her body has been sent to Surat Thani Hospital for autopsy, he said.
The officer added that the bungalow is owned by Montriwat Toowichian, the same man who managed the bar where Miller and Witheridge were last seen on the night of 14 September, hours before their deaths.
According to British media, a Foreign Office spokesperson confirmed the death of a British national in Thailand.
"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time," the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
The Telegraph reported that Annesley's mother posted on Facebook that her daughter died of "natural causes" in Thailand.
The grisly murder of Miller and Witheridge made headlines around the globe last year and damaged Koh Tao's reputation as a popular diving destination for foreigners.
Two 21-year-old Burmese migrant workers are currently being held in prison for allegedly murdering Miller and raping and murdering Witheridge. The two suspects have denied the charges.