DNA tests hope as Kirsty police fly out.Byline: Antony Stone
BRITISH police brought in to help find the killer of Welsh backpacker Kirsty Jones are heading back to Thailand amid speculation there has been a major breakthrough.
Two Dyfed Powys detectives will fly out to Chiang Mai Chiang Mai (jyäng` mī`) or Chiengmai (jyĕng`–), city (1990 pop. 164,902), capital of Chiang Mai prov., N Thailand, on the Ping River, near the Myanmar border. today to present Thai police with the results of a series of forensic and DNA tests DNA test n → DNS-Test m .
Hopes are rising that new evidence discovered as a result of tests carried out in Britain will allow police in Thailand to make an arrest.
Dyfed Powys Police confirmed yesterday that DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
or deoxyribonucleic acid
One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes. profiling on a series of items brought back to Britain in October was now complete.
Superintendent Steve Wilkins and Detective Inspector Steve Hughson were already on the way to London yesterday to prepare for an early flight out to Thailand this morning.
A Foreign Office spokesman described the detectives' visit as a "very important stage in the investigation".
He said: "Our overwhelming priority remains to achieve a positive outcome from what has been very good police to police co-operation. "The two detectives travelling out to Thailand are going to have a series of very important meetings during the next week. "It is true to say that this is a very important stage in the investigation."
Miss Jones, a 23-year-old graduate from the village of Tredomen, near Brecon, was found dead in Aree hostel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on August 10, 2000.
She had been raped and strangled stran·gle
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
a. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
b. , and her partly-clothed body was face down on the floor.
The Liverpool University media studies and English graduate was on the first leg of a solo two-year world tour for which she had saved all winter.
Her death sparked a major manhunt man·hunt
An organized, extensive search for a person, usually a fugitive criminal.
an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive
Noun 1. which saw dozens of suspects rounded up and led the Royal Thai Police The Royal Thai Police (Thai: สำนักงานตำรวจแห่งชาติ) is the federal police force of Thailand. to predict that an arrest was imminent.
Dyfed Powys police were brought in to help investigate the murder last summer, as the anniversary of Miss Jones's death approached.
The two detectives returned in October with items recovered from the guesthouse guest·house
1. A small house or cottage adjacent to a main house, used for lodging guests.
2. A bed-and-breakfast. where she was murdered, which have since undergone DNA profiling. The items returned to Britain for DNA tests are believed to include Kirsty's sarong, which the killer used to strangle Strangle
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It is believed samples taken from the sarong could be the basis for new hopes of a breakthrough. Mike Gooding, a spokesman for Miss Jones's parents, Sue and Glyn Jones For the Welsh author of the same name, see Glyn Jones (Wales)
Glyn Jones is a South African actor, writer and director.
During late 1964, David Whitaker, the story editor on the BBC series Doctor Who , said: "They will be studying developments closely."
In the past, hopes have been raised over the case, but have then proved groundless.
Thai police chiefs were criticised for unprofessional conduct after allowing TV cameras into the crime scene before it was fully examined.
They then raised hopes by predicting they would quickly arrest the killer.
They eventually arrested and charged the British owner of the guesthouse, who discovered Miss Jones's body.
Andy Gill, 33, a former ski-instructor from Lewisham, south east London South East London is a name commonly given to the south eastern part of London, England on the south side of the River Thames. Definition of the area
South east London is made up of the following London boroughs which are Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark , was charged with conspiracy to rape and murder.
He was arrested immediately after the murder and charged with passport irregularities because his visa for Thailand was two years out of date.
But all charges against Mr Gill were dropped at the end of November last year, and he returned to live in Britain.
DNA HOPE: Tests could help find the killer of Kirsty Jones