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    UK tourist found dead in drain on notorious Koh Tao 'death island'

    A Thailand travel warning has been issued after a UK backpacker was found dead during his holiday in Asia. The man, believed to be 31, went missing on 18 March while on a pub crawl on the island of Koh Tao with his long-term girlfriend.

    According to reports he got drunk with other tourists and holidaymakers and was sadly found lifeless in a shallow water drainage ditch outside the Roctapus diving centre the day after. His phone is said to have also been missing.

    The authorities said that the case was “still” open after the tourist was found close to Sairee Beach, however, no arrests have been made at this time. Thai police said they are waiting for the post-mortem results.

    The holidaymaker has been named locally as Theo Bailey, who was on a trip to the Far East alongside his long-term girlfriend. Theo's devastated partner Chantal, who is listed as a teaching assistant working for Teaching Personnel based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, posted several tributes online to her partner. She said: "This is probably the hardest post I will ever have to do in my life. Last week, my best friend became an angel".

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    A drunk Brit? The drunk angel might have mouthed off at the wrong local and paid the highest price. Just speculating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 39TG View Post
    Just speculating.
    No kidding. I was gonna go with the aliens theory, myself.

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    That Chantal binte must have been at the magic ‘shrooms if she thinks her chum is now an angel.

    Why on earth do they get so stupidly and cringingly mawkish.

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    Usually, he's killed and then she's raped and killed....seems like things are improving on Koh Tao.

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    2 pics of the couple.






    Speaking on Thursday night, Lieutenant Colonel Chokchai Suthimek, superintendent of the Koh Tao police station said: 'We believe that the tourist walked and fell into a small water channel at night. He died near the Rocktopus Dive Shop at Sairee Beach.

    'The police arrived and cordoned off the scene of the incident and examined the area the next day. Forensics unit arrived and also examined the scene.

    'The body was sent for a detailed examination at the forensic department at Surat Thani Hospital and reported to the British Embassy to coordinate with the tourist's family.

    The curse of 'Death Island': How Thai holiday paradise of Koh Tao became a nightmarish hub of murder, suspicious deaths and rape


    'The case is still open. We are waiting for a report back from the autopsy. Nobody has been arrested. We think it was an accident.'

    The circumstances leading up to the death remain shrouded in mystery.

    Theo and his girlfriend Chantal were both pictured wearing matching black vests emblazoned with 'Koh Tao Pub Crawl' the day before tragedy struck.

    The event is organised by Choppers Sports Bar on the island and charges revellers 580 Baht (12.70) to join.

    The bar and organisers of the pub crawl declined to comment on the death.

    However, a worker at the Rocktopus Dive Shop who chose to remain anonymous told Thai press that Theo's body was found mid-afternoon on March 19.

    They said: 'Theo Bailey was found close to the dive shop at around 3pm or 4pm in the afternoon. All I know is that the body was found, then I came at 5pm and the area was all sealed off by the police and rescue.

    'The location was just off the side of the walking path, close to a water drainage area. I think it was one of the staff members from the resort that found him, because our dive shop is located inside a resort.'

    Theo's death adds to the toll of Western backpackers who have died mysteriously on Koh Tao.

    In the last decade alone, there have been at least 16 known cases of unexplained or suspicious tourist deaths on the island.

    Many believe that cases are covered up or not investigated properly to protect powerful local interests on the island, which has a long history of violence and corruption.

    In the most high-profile case, which led to the name Death Island, Hannah and David were discovered dead between 5am and 6am on Sairee Beach in Koh Tao on September 15, 2014. They had both been bludgeoned to death.

    Other cases where the identities of the deceased are known and the official expiation is unclear or disputed include Swiss tourist Hans Peter Suter, 44, who went missing on Koh Tao before he was washed ashore at Talay Ngam beach in Lang Suan district of Chumphon province in November 2014.

    His family and friends do not believe the Thai government's explanation that the strong swimmer had drowned.

    Nick Pearson, 25, from Derby, was found floating dead in the sea off Koh Tao after visiting the island on a family holiday, just two months after Witheridge and Miller were found murdered. Nick's parents maintain that he was killed in December 2014.

    Christina Annesley, 23, from Orpington, South London, was on a four-month trip across Southeast Asia when she died on the island in January 2015. A British coroner refused to accept the Thai findings into the death.

    Dmitri Povse, 29, from France was found hanging from a ceiling on a balcony at Ta Chin Bungalow on Koh Tao at the beginning of January 2015. His hands were tied behind his back, making it unlikely he had carried out the act himself, but local police dismissed it as suicide.

    Russian tourist Valentina Novozhyonova, 23, went missing on Koh Tao in February 2015. She was a strong swimmer who had competed in races but her body was never found.

    Luke Miller, 26, from the Isle of Wight, was found dead in a swimming pool at the Sunset Bar at Sairee Beach Koh Tao in January 2016. Police are said to have told his family he was attacked in a bar the night before he died and post-mortem examination even found head injuries but Thai police ruled he drowned.

    Scuba diving instructor Jean Francois Lout, 46, vanished on March 14, 2016, on a boat off the coast of Koh Tao, where he was working. His body was found two weeks later dumped behind a school on the mainland in Surat Thani province.

    Belgian backpacker Elise Dallemagne, 30, was found hanging from a tree in a jungle and half-eaten by lizards on Koh Tao on April 27, 2017. A series of mysterious events were discovered in the days leading up to the death, including her suitcase boarding a boat, but Thai authorities ruled she killed herself.

    Her mother Michele van Egten is certain that Elise was murdered and police are covering up the killer's identity.

    Alexandr Bucspun, 33, from Moldova, was found dead in the sea off Had Sai Ree beach on Koh Tao on October 11, 2018. Police never found out how he died.

    Bernd Grotsch, 47, was found dead at his home deep in the jungle in the Mae Haad part of Koh Tao in June 2018. He had built up a motorbike rental business that challenged local dominance in the local market.

    Police claim he died of heart failure - a theory his family do not believe. They say police refused to provide post-mortem examination reports and they do not believe the findings.

    Rocio Leticia Gomez, 39, from Argentina was lost on her first scuba dive in December 2018 on Koh Tao. She was pulled to the surface but died a few days later. Her friends pressed for an investigation but no action was taken.

    Multi-millionaire hotel owner Rakeshwar Sachathamakul, 59, and his wife Anshoo, 55, were found dead floating in a hotel swimming pool hours after checking into the resort on Koh Tao in June 2021.

    Police said this week that CCTV cameras at the luxury hotel were 'not functioning' on the day the wealthy couple died.

    And Neil Giblin, 48, was found dead on January 18, 2023. The circumstances surrounding the death of the healthy and highly experienced scuba diver remain a mystery.

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    And with a craven and supine diplomatic corps, addicted to their expenses and grateful for the three year hiatus in their careers ( postings to Thailand are long recognised as a glorified holiday before retirement or a reward for some earlier endeavour ), doubtless these deaths will continue as ‘ unexplained ‘.

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    diplomatic corps, addicted to their expenses
    they are a bunch of useless mincing shirtlifters.

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    The ever go to that island. The family who run that island are pieces of shit

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    BiB will find the culprits once found keys to where a couple of Cambo/Burmese patsies are stored for such situations or nab some new ones,non Thai of course, perhaps fit up a Swiss for variety?

    Koh Tao mafia seems untouchable

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    ^They'll get theirs soon mate. These people are usually the descendants of the Thai's who ambushed escaping Vietnamese at the end of the The Vietnamese War. Robbed, raped and murdered thousands probably!

    All up and down the Southern Eastern coast, bunch of pirate type pieces of shit. The only reason the big boy in Bangkok allows it, is because they keep order down there and stop the Malays from making a break for it. Thailand is just a bunch of clans paying up to the big boy and they almost rule with impunity in their respective 'clandoms'. It keeps from any of the many ethnic groups from running away. Usually all Look Chin or Look Chin/ Malay mix as is the case on Pha-ngan.

    I am sure some of you understand all this already.

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    Does anyone recognize her from Only Fans? She isn't Miss Modesty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 39TG View Post
    Does anyone recognize her from Only Fans? She isn't Miss Modesty.
    Well if she isn't Miss Modesty, who is she then?

    Perhaps a link would help, so I can be properly outraged.

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    ^^Convict victim blaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Koh Tao mafia seems untouchable
    True words there....

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    She's pretty chunky in the unaltered real life photo.

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    So, TD CSI, was he alive when his phone was nicked? Could he have been saved by the thief instead of being left to die?

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