Lei Tian’s body was found at a scenic waterfall sanctuary outside the southern Thai city of Hat Yai
The body of a 28-year-old Chinese tourist named Lei Tian was found at a waterfall in southern Thailand last Thursday in what was initially believed to be an accident or a suicide. New evidence emerged this week to suggest that her death may in fact have been a murder.
Investigators reclaimed two handbags and a cell phone without a SIM card from the scene, a wildlife preserve outside the southern Thai city of Hat Yai, near the Malaysian border.
Police have taken a suspect into custody, identified by local media as a Chinese national who worked at the same office as Lei in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
The Bangkok Post reported on Monday that the suspect acknowledged visiting the waterfall sanctuary but denied any prior awareness of Lei’s death. His phone was apparently scrubbed of all data. Officials from the wildlife preserve confirmed that his car was the last to leave the park the day before Lei’s body was recovered.
Authorities are now awaiting the results of an autopsy report as their investigation continues.