Missing Briton found 'safe and well'
A British man who went missing in Thailand for more than a month has been found "safe and well," according to police in Britain.
- Published: 19/02/2013 at 10:22 AM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Tom Armstrong, 22, of Suffolk, had been in Thailand since April last year. He disappeared after finishing a dive master course at Koh Tao in January.
Tom Armstrong has been found "safe and well" in Thailand.
Mr Armstrong was supposed to leave Thailand for home on Jan 8, but did not catch the flight to London Heathrow.
The BBC reports that Suffolk police have confirmed Mr Armstrong has been found in Thailand after an investigation that involved Interpol, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Thai authorities.
Mr Armstrong did not have a mobile phone and his last contact with his family was by email on Jan 6, when he told them of his plans to fly home.
Money was withdrawn from his bank account on Jan 16 at a machine in Bangkok, Suffolk Police said.
Helen Armstrong-Bland, Tom's mother, said in December she received an email from him to say that he had “ran into trouble in Bangkok”, but he did not elaborate any further.
Mr Armstrong’s father, Kingsley, flew to Thailand at the start of February to try to find him and a fund was set up to help with the search.
Mr Armstrong’s mother said she was relieved that her son has been found and thanked those that had helped to track him down.
“I’m not sure if he is aware of just how much coverage this has had in the media,” Mrs Armstrong-Bland told the East Anglian Daily Times from her home in Kelsale, near Saxmundham, Suffolk.
“I just want to thank everyone in the Saxmundham community, our close friends and family, and people from all over the world – complete strangers. We wouldn’t have found him without them.”