Koh Tao Killings: Police Take DNA Samples After Tourists Are Slain

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A manhunt for the killer of two British tourists slain on a Thai island gathered pace Tuesday, with local police saying security cameras had captured footage of a man spotted "running" at the time of the killing. At least 12 people on Koh Tao were also given DNA tests to see whether they matched a sample taken from a bloodied hoe found on the beach near the bodies, local police chief Jakkrapan Kaewkhao told NBC News. Investigators believe the victims, who were identified as 24-year-old David Miller and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, were killed with the garden tool after a beach party early Monday. Miller had a deep wound in the back of his head while Witheridge suffered a wound to her face.

"If someone’s DNA matches the hoe then perhaps we will be in a position to make an arrest," Kaewkhao added. "The place where they were found does not have security cameras, but footage nearby shows someone running at the time of the killing."

Thai police released this still from security footage in connection with the slayings of two British tourists on a Thai island.Thai Police
British tourists David Miller, 24, and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge.Courtesy of the Miller and Witheridge


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