By The Nation
The body was discovered under a metre of sand on popular Lamai Beach after tourists complained to officials about a foul odour.
Surat Thani authorities believe she had been dead for three days. The body was found with a pair of sandals, a coin purse and another small cloth bag for gold ornaments.
Beach vendors said the woman, known by the nickname Rucie, had been on the island for 10 years, living on whatever money she could beg from tourists.
A woman who owns a massage parlour, identifying herself only as Eed, said the deceased woman would visit her every day, but she hadn’t see her for three days. Eed said Rucie told her she was now living with Myanmar friends, and that Rucie had had a gold necklace, one baht in weight, that had disappeared.
Pol Col Chanaworasin Supanarak, head of Borphut police station, said surveillance cameras around the beach would be checked to try and determine what had happened to the woman.