A Swiss woman, a tourist under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, has been found dead near a waterfall, a suspected murder.
The woman’s body was discovered near Tone Ao Yon Waterfall in tambon Wichit, Muang district of Phuket, on Tuesday.
A source from the Immigration Bureau said the woman was identified as Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, a 57-year-old Swiss national. She entered Thailand on 13th July from Singapore as a tourist under the Phuket Sandbox scheme.
Investigators from tambon Wichit police led staff from a rescue foundation to the area after being informed that her body had been found a kilometre away from the main waterfall. Her body was in a waterway and covered by a black canvas sheet.
The woman wore a pink T-shirt and a jacket. Police expected she had been dead for three days. Police found 10 business cards with her name in her jacket.
They said she has a bird tattoo on her waist. Near her body, police found jeans, shorts, a pair of black shoes and a mobile phone.
According to police, she may have been lured to the area and killed. An investigation is underway to see if she was raped.
An immigration police source said the woman had arrived alone from Singapore and stayed at Dusit Thani Laguna Hotel from 13th-27th July before moving to The Mooring Resort Hotel.
A witness saw her walking out of the hotel towards a beach at about 2pm on Tuesday.
She had visited Phuket in 2019 and later left Chiang Mai province for Singapore.
Her body has been sent for an autopsy and police are collecting further evidence for their investigations.