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Missing Russian latest - flip-flop found on beach as police wait for return of "diving buddy"

 

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KOH TAO: -- Police and diving teams searching for missing Russian tourist Valentina Novozhyonova have found a flip-flop on a beach that they believe may have been hers.

 

But they have no prospect of proving that from DNA as it has been out too long and any evidence is too degraded for testing. However, they are going to show the footwear to relatives to try and ascertain if it was hers, reported Thairath.

 

Now it has emerged that some crucial CCTV is missing after a camera failed to record.

 

Meanwhile the authorities are waiting for the return of a male "diving buddy" who they believe teamed up with Valentina, 23, before she went missing in the middle of February.

 

The man is currently abroad and is due back in a week.

 

Valentina was only reported missing on March 3rd and police have had little to go on. Some of her possessions were found in her room at the Koh Tao Hostel.

 

Searches on land and in the ocean by Thai and foreign teams have turned up nothing. And yesterday the ocean search was severely hampered by high winds and choppy seas.

 

Police have some CCTV footage but crucially some footage of her arrival on a boat on the island is missing. The reason for this, they said, was that the recording timed out.

 

They would like to know who if anybody met her on arrival at Koh Tao and if indeed it was the diving buddy referred to earlier.

 

Police said that it is impossible to say yet whether Valentina is dead.

 

Source: Thairath

 
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Body parts found in Koh Tao

 

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KOH TAO: -- According to Nation TV on Thursday evening dive teams discovered five objects believed to be body parts off the coast of Koh Tao.

 

The chilling discovery was made in Chalok Baan Kao Bay. A green vest and dive mask were also recovered. The ‘objects’, that have been described as bone and flesh, have been sent for forensic examination in a bid to discover if they belong to missing Russian Miss Novozhyonova.

 

The green vest and dive mask were found in four to five meters of water. Police are still appealing for information with regards to the missing woman, who was said to have been free diving in Koh tao where hundreds go diving and snorkelling each day.

 

It is unclear why a body would be found in pieces at this stage. The area where the discovery was made has been cleared of boats. The search will continue on Friday.

 

Source: http://www.samuitimes.com/body-parts-found-koh-tao/

 
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Good to see all and sundry contaminating the evidence with their bare hands. That should render any potential forensics invalid.

 

Body in pieces, and cctv missing.....here we go again.

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25 minutes ago, Khun Han said:

Good to see all and sundry contaminating the evidence with their bare hands. That should render any potential forensics invalid.

 

Body in pieces, and cctv missing.....here we go again.

 

I have watched enough CSI TV to know by now that

Items that have been submerged in water for a lengthy period of times

are of no forensic values what so ever, and that is why bodies are often

dumped in watery graves to eliminate any biological traces.....

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A lucrative business would be fixing the 1000's of malfunctioning security CCTV cameras -- Wait, the Thai rule is that you have them displayed, not necessarily operating. (my-pen-ry)

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Meanwhile the authorities are waiting for the return of a male "diving buddy" who they believe teamed up with Valentina, 23, before she went missing in the middle of February.

 

The man is currently abroad and is due back in a week.

 

Any pics of this guy cowering behind a convenience store counter yet? :coffee1:

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2 hours ago, ezzra said:

 

I have watched enough CSI TV to know by now that

Items that have been submerged in water for a lengthy period of times

are of no forensic values what so ever, and that is why bodies are often

dumped in watery graves to eliminate any biological traces.....

You still follow protocol. Even if nothing turns up you can say "Well, we followed protocol and found nothing at all. So we can now eliminate that and move on".

 

There's a reason why everything has an order. Once you let the 'small things' slip you've set a precedent to allow other things to slip.

 

Still, this isn't the case with the B2. They were up to an international standard on that one - :thumbsup:

 

 

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