11 July 2024
Phuket, dead Swiss tourist, candlelight vigil

Phuket Governor Narong Woonsiew led a group of provincial employees, hotel representatives and residents of Phuket on Friday night, to honour the memory of a Swiss tourist whose body was found near a waterfall on Thursday.

The participants placed flowers on the beach in front of a small portrait of Ms. Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, assistant protocol chief of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland, and observed a one-minute silence.

Phuket, dead Swiss tourist, candlelight vigil

Police said the victim had been dead for about two days before her body was found in a creek near Ton Ao Yon waterfall by villagers on Thursday.

Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Thanee Thongpakdee and Mrs. Chulamanee Chartsuwan, director-general of the Department of European Affairs, met Swiss Ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday to discuss the case.

The two senior officials also offered their deep condolences for the death of the victim.

Staff at the Dusit Thani Laguna Hotel said that Ms. Nicole loved exercise and she was often seen teaching yoga to Thai children. She stayed at the hotel for 14 days before moving to another hotel, which is about a kilometre from Ton Ao Yon waterfall.

Footage from a CCTV system shows that, on Thursday, she was walking alone on the road leading toward the waterfall.