Suspect who allegedly murdered Swiss tourist in Phuket Sandbox arrested

Phuket –

Police have confirmed that a suspect who has allegedly murdered a female Swiss tourist taking part in the Phuket Sandbox has been arrested today.

First, the prior stories in this situation:

Previously, Phuket police from the Wichit Police station confirmed on August 5th, 2021, that a foreign female tourist believed to be a Swiss national in her 50’s and confirmed as a Phuket Sandbox tourist, was found dead at the Ton Ao Yon waterfall in Wichit, Phuket.

Foreign female tourist, participating in Phuket Sandbox, found dead at Ton Ao Yon waterfall, police believe foul play was involved

Phuket governor and related provincial authorities expressed their condolences in the case of a female tourist from Switzerland found dead near the Ton Ao Yon Waterfall of Phuket island yesterday, August 5th.

Phuket provincial authorities express deepest condolences regarding the suspicious death of a Swiss tourist, further investigation ongoing this afternoon

The Royal Thai Police Commissioner General Suwat Jangyodsuk today (August 7th) revealed to the press in Bangkok that they have arrested a prime suspect but have not officially revealed any other details, for instance, if the suspect is a Thai or foreigner. TPN media notes that conflicting information has been given on a variety of media sources this afternoon, especially around the nationality of the suspect.

However, local sources are now reporting that the suspect is Thai, not foreign, and lives not far from the waterfall, and is now at the Wichit Police Station for questioning.

Meanwhile, the CDC Police (Crime Suppression Division) reported the man’s name as ‘Teerawat’, believed to be 27 years old. This statement was made on their official Facebook page just shortly ago. A Thai identification card seen by TPN media appeared to confirm this information.

TPN media will have a full report pending an official press conference by Bangkok police, which is scheduled either late tonight or early tomorrow morning. This is a developing story and this article may be updated with further details as they come in.

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News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket except when commuting between the two.