Additional information is now available with regard to the tragic death of a Swiss woman in Phuket, identified as Ms Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, aged 57.
She is described as being the deputy head of protocol of the Swiss Federal Assembly, who arrived at Phuket airport on a Singapore Airlines flight on July 13th, travelling on a Swiss passport.
She checked in at The Mooring Resort Hotel in Wichit, Phuket. From July 31st to August 3rd, staying at the hotel and relaxing on its beach.
According to security camera footage, on Tuesday (August 3rd) she walked out of the hotel about 11:25am to Ao Yon Beach. At 11:48am she walked alone on the Ao Yon-Khao Khat Rd towards Ao Yon Waterfall. She wore shorts, a white shirt and dark shoes, with a long-sleeved shirt tied around her waist and carrying a dark coloured rucksack.
She walked for 18 minutes, covering 1.4 kilometres from The Mooring Resort to Ao Yon Waterfall. She was later found by local villagers dead in the stream at the waterfall at about 1:30pm on Thursday (August 5th).
The police found shorts, a pair of blue sports shoes and a black backpack, as well as underwear and a phone close to the body and she was wearing only a T-shirt and jacket.
To date no suspects for the alleged murder have been identified with a reward issued for information leading to the case being solved of 200,000 THB. National police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk and detectives from the Crime Suppression Division arrived in Phuket on Friday to head the hunt for the alleged murderer.
The honorary consul of Switzerland in Phuket has expressed great sorrow and strong condemnation of the murder. Andrea Kotas Tammathin, the honorary consul, said at the Phuket Sandbox operations centre on Friday that she felt terrible over the murder. Foreigners normally visited Thailand on the understanding it was a safe country.
“I feel very bad and great sympathy for the woman who arrived as a tourist and died because of the actions of a bad person. I want police to arrest the culprit as soon as possible,” Ms Tammathin said.
Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs made a phone call to express condolences to the Swiss Ambassador to Thailand to the family of the deceased himself which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will coordinate with the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Thailand to continuously report on the progress of the case
The Prime Minister has urged relevant agencies to expedite the investigation and arrest of the perpetrators as soon as possible.
The Phuket Governor has led mourners who offered their deepest condolences to her family and friends. in a remembrance ceremony.
A speech by the governor is provided below
“We are gathered here this evening to honour the memory of Ms Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, who sadly lost her life on the island this week. Our entire community is devastated by this shocking incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with Ms Nicole’s family and friends during this very difficult time.
It is hard to comprehend the senseless loss of such a beautiful life. And our hearts hang heavy with grief. Ms Nicole loved Phuket, and this beach was among her favourite places. Her home away from home.
As we honour her memory here together this evening, I ask that we all reconfirm our commitment to the island – and each other. A commitment to protecting the health and well-being of everyone who lives on the island. A commitment to protecting the health and well-being of everyone who visits the island. And a commitment to honouring Ms Nicole’s memory by always doing our best to make our island the best it can be, for everyone.
Please join me in pausing for a moment of reflection and remembrance for Miss Nicole, with a minute’s silence. [Minute’s silence] Thank you.”
Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf is described someone who loved Thai culture, Thai food and everything that is Thai. She would sit everyday on the beach to read a book and was very health conscious. Every morning she would run on the beach and practice yoga from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM each day.
In addition to being a health lover she showed her concern for others by telling the hotel staff to take care of their health by exercising. Her message to others was “If physical health is strong, mental health will be strong as well.”