Chiangrai Times – Sue Jones who’s Daughter Kristy was strangled and murdered in a guesthouse in Chiang Mai Thailand 12 years ago is traveling to the Thailand to appeal for information and offer and cash reward.
Sue Jones, will make the journey with detectives from Dyfed Powys Police, who are keen to discuss progress made in the investigation.Undated collect picture of murdered British backpacker Kirsty Jones released by her family. The 23-year-old Liverpool University graduate, from Brecon, south Wales, was found raped and strangled in her room at a guesthouse in Chiang Mai, Thailand August 10, 2000.
Kristy Jones was three months into a two-year around-the-world trip when she was killed in ChiangMai.
Officers last visited Thailand in February this year, following a series of meetings with the director of trans-national crime at the department of special investigations, Police Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul.
The Thai authorities told them they were continuing to investigate the circumstances of Ms Jones’s death, with the focus on the inquiry in Chiang Mai.
Detective Supt Andy John, of Dyfed Powys Police, said that since the last visit, regular contact had been maintained with the police team working on the case.
He added that officers in Wales had been encouraged by the work carried out in Thailand in the past six months.
“With the 12-year anniversary of Kristy’s death approaching, it is timely that we make an appeal for information that could help progress the case further,” he said.
“We have a DNA profile that was recovered from the scene, which is central to their current line of inquiry; this means the authorities will be able to easily eliminate people from the investigation.”
Mrs Jones will make her appeal at a department of special investigations press conference in Chiang Mai on 9 August.
Dyfed Powys Chief Constable Jackie Roberts said it was important to bring the offender to justice.
“Whilst twelve years seems like a long time ago, the loss felt by the family of their daughter remains,” she said.
“We know that forensic evidence is available that could lead to a successful conclusion and we will continue to do what we can to assist the Thai Authorities in bringing the offender to justice.
Now there’s new hope that a reward will bring a breakthrough in the case and Kirsty’s mother is travelling to Thailand this weekend to make a direct appeal for witnesses.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to secure a positive outcome for Kristy and her family,” she added.
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