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Big Joke orders investigation: Chinese tourist suspected murdered at southern falls

Thai media is reporting that police highly suspect that the Chinese tourist found at some waterfalls in Hat Yai last week was murdered.

There are many irregularities and a man who they say knows the victim is helping with inquiries.

He has denied knowing her or any involvement in her death. Thai media says the couple worked together in Malaysia.

Lei Tian, 28, was found dead at the Tone Nga Chang falls last week. It was initially thought she may have fallen and reports at the time suggested that she was alone.

But since then this has proved to not be the case. Deputy chief of the Thai Tourist police Pol Maj-Gen Surachate Hakpan has ordered the formation of a task unit to investigate.

Sanook reported that Lei Tian arrived at the falls in a taxi that was following two men in a white Honda City.

When they arrived at the falls the taxi driver said that one of the men told him he didn’t have to wait for Lei Tian.

The taxi driver said that the man appeared to know the woman.

Other evidence is clear that something untoward has happened. Some of the victim’s possessions were found dumped in a trash can.

Her phone was found in the falls but it did not have a SIM card.

The man she allegedly met – and who Sanook reported worked with her in a software company in Kuala Lumpur – left his Had Yai hotel after the incident and went first elsewhere in Songkhla then to Krabi where he was picked up.

He is under interrogation and is denying knowing the victim.

Sanook said that Lei Tian flew to Thailand from Malaysia while the man under interrogation and another man drove through Sadao to enter Thailand.

Investigations continue.

Sanook

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