Local police say body found belongs to missing British tourist Andrew Apperley

The body of a foreign tourist found February 15 on Haad Rin beach in Pha-ngan district of Surat Thani was believed to belong to a British tourist who went missing since February 12.

This was revealed today by Pol Lt Col Somsak Noorod, deputy superintendent of Koh Pha-ngan police station.

He said the body of the tourist, believed to belong to Andrew Apperley, 38, was found at 8.00 am on Haad Rin beach on February 15.

The body was clad in short legged blue jeans, and wore no shirts.

Preliminary autopsy showed he had been dead for three days, and there was no bruises that indicated he was assaulted or murdered.

Police believed he was drowned.

Questioning of witnesses showed that Andrew checked into a hotel in Samui island and then went to join a full moon party at Koh Pha-ngan.

He said the police have now coordinated with the British Embassy to inform his family to arrive for DNA test to confirm him.

According to BBC, the whereabouts of Andrew Apperley, 38, have not been known since February 12 when he told his mum via WhatsApp that he was heading to a Full-Moon Party on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, in Thailand.

His family, who are from Gloucester, said he had not used his bank accounts, passport or driving licence since.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)