18/11.The body of Swiss tourist, Hanspeter Suter, 44, who went missing since Saturday evening of November 8 from Koh Tao was found on the shore in Lang Suan district of Chumphon this morning.
Lamare station police confirmed the body on the shore in Lamare beach belonged to Mr Hanspeter as all identifications they were earlier given by police in Phangan island matched those on the body.
Lamare station police said villagers at Lamare beach found the body of a foreigner being washed ashore on Lamare beach.
All identifications on the dead body matched those being given earlier to them by the police in Phangan Island who sought their help to look for missing Swiss tourist from Koh Tao since November 8.
They said identifications such as tattoo on the back, a gold teeth on upper jaw, wearing orange shorts and black shoes matched with the body on the beach.
They said the body of Mr Hanspeter was being sent to Surat Thani hospital for forensic examination this afternoon.
One of his friends Michael Phillip Klissing will also go to the hospital to identify the body.
Earlier, Koh Tao tourist police said Hanspeter Suter, 44, had just completed a dive master scuba course on the tourist resort island.
Three days before he went missing, he was told by a doctor that he should not swim because it could lead to blindness.
Police said Mr Suter was under stress and did not have any money.
He rented snorkelling gear from a shop on the beach late Saturday.
He left his passport and personal items there, but did not take a life jacket with him. He did not return to the shop since then.
Sairee Beach is the same area where two British tourists, Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, were murdered in September.
Deputy commander of Surat Thani police Pol.Col. Sonthichai Arwattanakullathep said yesterday that a forensic examination revealed that the unidentified body is not Hanspeter Suter, who went missing on 8 November. Police have yet to identify the dead body that was found on 14 November, though Pol.Col. Sonthichai speculated that the deceased may have been European because “the body has a tattoo that’s popular among Europeans.”
The body of a man suspected to be the missing Swiss tourist was found on the beach in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat Friday morning.
The body was badly decomposed and could not be identified. However, his blue plant is still on and there are two wrist bands and tattoos are still visible on his arms.
61-year old Mr Chamnong Srisang stumbled on the body swept on the beach as he was jogging. He then alerted the police who quickly arrived at the scene with rescue workers.
Police prohibited the rescue workers from posting the body on the social media until it could be determined who he was. The body was later sent to the forensic medicine centre in Surat Thani for examination and identification.
It was initially suspected that the body could belong to a Swiss tourist who went missing from Koh Tao in Surat Thani on November 8. THAIPBS
Suter Hanspeter, 44, went missing while snorkelling off Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Surat Thani, on Nov 8.