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Family find body after tsunami
Lisa May
Lisa May died on the holiday island of Phi Phi
The father of a Gloucestershire backpacker missing in the Asian tsunami says he has found her body.

Lisa May, 25, from Cheltenham, was in Phi Phi in Thailand when the tsunami struck on Boxing Day.

Her father, John, flew out to co-ordinate the search. On Monday, the family said her body had been found.

Lisa went to Thailand to act as bridesmaid at her sister's wedding. She stayed on to spend Christmas with friends after the family had left.

Lisa May sent text messages before the tsunami struck
Lisa's last texts said she planned to be in Sydney for New Year

Nicola and her husband cut short their honeymoon in New Zealand to return to Thailand to join the search.

Lisa had worked as a chef at "That Mexican Place" in Cheltenham for seven years.

Restaurant manager Rebecca Mason said: "Everyone here is devastated, the atmosphere is very grim.

"We've all been holding on the hope that Lisa would be safe.

"At least her body has been found, many people will never know what's happened to their loved ones."

Lisa sent text messages to her family after they left Phi Phi saying she planned to fly to Sydney to celebrate the new year.

Her family is now making arrangements to bring her body home.

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01 Jan 05 |  Gloucestershire


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