Swiss woman is found ‘raped and murdered’ after travelling alone to Thailand in ‘Sandbox’ scheme

A Swiss woman has been ‘raped and murdered’ in Thailand after travelling to the country alone under a new post-lockdown tourism scheme in Phuket.

The 57-year-old was discovered lying face down in a rocky pool at the bottom of a waterfall with a black tarpaulin thrown over her body on Thursday afternoon.

A pair of jean shorts, underwear, a pair of trainers and a phone were found not far from her body at the nature reserve in the Wichit area of Phuket. 

Detectives and forensics experts inspect evidence after the body of a 57-year-old Swiss woman was found in a rocky pool close to a waterfall in the Wichit area of Phuket on Thursday

Detectives and forensics experts inspect evidence after the body of a 57-year-old Swiss woman was found in a rocky pool close to a waterfall in the Wichit area of Phuket on Thursday

Detectives and forensics experts inspect evidence after the body of a 57-year-old Swiss woman was found in a rocky pool close to a waterfall in the Wichit area of Phuket on Thursday

The woman was discovered not far from the Ao Yon waterfall, a popular tourist hiking spot in the Wichit area of Phuket not far from the coast

The woman was discovered not far from the Ao Yon waterfall, a popular tourist hiking spot in the Wichit area of Phuket not far from the coast

The woman was discovered not far from the Ao Yon waterfall, a popular tourist hiking spot in the Wichit area of Phuket not far from the coast

Detectives say the victim, who has not been named, died around three days ago. 

Immigration officials confirmed that the Swiss woman arrived at Phuket airport from Singapore on July 13 under the Phuket Sandbox scheme which started last month.

The reopening scheme allows vaccinated foreigners to travel to Phuket without needing to quarantine as in other parts of the country.

After 14 days in Phuket, which is heavily-reliant on tourist money, foreigners are allowed to travel further within Thailand.

The woman had stayed first at the Dusit Thani Laguna Hotel from July 13 to 27 before moving to The Mooring Resort Hotel, according to The Bangkok Post.

A witness told police he saw her leaving the hotel and walking towards the beach at around 2pm on Tuesday.

A pair of Nike trainers were found dumped not far from the body

A pair of Nike trainers were found dumped not far from the body

A pair of Nike trainers were found dumped not far from the body

A local villager alerted officers after finding the woman at around 1.30pm on Thursday.

The woman had previously visited Phuket in 2019.

Her body has been sent for an autopsy at Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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