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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 August, 2005, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Family visits hostel murder scene
Kirsty Jones
Kirsty Jones was three months into a round-the-world trip
The family of a backpacker who was murdered in Thailand five years ago have left Wales for their first visit to the country since her death.

Kirsty Jones, 23, was found murdered in a Thai guest house on 10 August, 2000 three months after she left home.

No-one has been convicted and Thai and Welsh police are now to hold talks into how the investigation should continue.

Kirsty's mother Sue and brother Gareth, from Tredomen, near Brecon, flew to Thailand on Sunday.

The university graduate was raped and strangled at the hostel in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand.

She had gone backpacking to the Far East - the first stage of a round-the-world trip.

Later she had planned to begin a career in the media.

No convictions

Five years on Ms Jones' killer remains at large.

The Thai police investigation into the killing has been heavily criticised for incompetence after the murder scene was contaminated and important forensic evidence destroyed.

There have been several arrests in the investigation, none of which has led to a conviction.

The trip by the Jones family is their first to Thailand

They will meet the Royal Thai Police and staff from the British Embassy in Bangkok, before visiting the Aree guest house in Chiang Mai where Kirsty was staying when she died.

Before they left Mrs Jones told BBC Wales that part of the reason for their trip was to go "where Kirsty was".

They were also making the trip because Thai police had agreed to a review of the unsolved murder, she said.

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