BANGKOK (AP) — Police say the bodies of two British tourists were found naked with gruesome head wounds on a beach at a popular island in southern Thailand.
Police Col. Prachum Ruangthong said Monday the man and the woman were found dead on a rocky beach on Koh Tao, an island in Surat Thani province known for its diving sites and serene beaches.
The victims’ clothes and a hoe with blood stains were found nearby, he said. Police suspect the two were slain with the hoe, leaving deep wounds on their heads, Prachum said.
Police were checking closed circuit TV footage at nearby restaurants, hotels and shops for clues, he said.
Additional reporting not by AP:
Phuket Wan reported that residents blocked the main pier on the island to prevent suspects from escaping as police searched the island. It added that the bodies were found at approximately 5am this morning.
The bodies are believed to be a 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman. Both are thought to have attended a party nearby.
The UK Foreign Office said it was urgently investigating the reports.
Koh Tao island is located near the more popular islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan, which is perhaps best known for its Full Moon Parties.