First photo of backpacker Grace Taylor who was FOUND after going missing in Thailand


Mystery still surrounds what exactly happened to the young 21-year-old as she had be detained by police to stop her from escaping again.

Grace Taylor, from Swanage in Dorset, was found at Krabi International Airport this morning and taken into custody by police “for her own safety”.

Ms Taylor tried to run away and blew a whistle when approached by officials, according to police.

She also told them she did not need help before demanding to speak to a female officer.

She is now expected to fly back to the UK later this week.

Police Lieutenant Jetsada Chanpoom said: “Tourist police officers and immigration officials have found Grace Taylor at Krabi airport.

“She has spoken to embassy officials and we expect she will be leaving Thailand.

“She is feeling sick but we do not believe there was any crime involved.”

Following the police confirmation, her mother, Sam Taylor posted on Facebook: “Our Gracie has been found, we don”t as yet know what has happened.

“We are working to get her home safely.”

The young tourist had been reported missing by her parents last week after she was last heard from on Tuesday, February 16th at a hostel in Pattaya.

She had not made contact with her family in nearly a week since until a sudden panicked phone call yesterday morning from Ao Nang, 500 miles away, to tell them she was “very stressed”.

She told her mother in the haunting phone call that “people were trying to hurt her”.

Her mother calmed her daughter down and booked her a flight to the UK from nearby Krabi airport that evening.

Although Ms Taylor reached the airport, she didn’t catch her flight on Monday and had gone missing again – until re-emerging this morning.

The 21-year-old’s mother Sam Taylor had been posting messages on Facebook in a desperate appeal to the backpacking community to help find her daughter.

Yesterday, she wrote: “Grace Taylor made it to Krabi airport apparently around 8.30/9.30pm Thai time however she didn”t board the flight.

“Krabi airport isn”t 24 hours and there are no hotels nearby, it is a small unmanned and remote airport.

“Where is Grace?”

She added: “STILL MISSING. Grace contacted us at 11am today from Ao Nang, she was very stressed and frightened saying that people were trying to hurt her and were following her and she wanted to come home.

“We calmed her down and booked her a flight from Krabi tonight but she never arrived at the airport by taxi and has gone missing again.

“We are desperately worried, all previous backpacker sightings have reported that she is disorientated and not in a god mental state.

“Please can I reach out to the backpacker community once again to look out for her and get her safe. We are flying out tonight to come and bring her home.”

A spokesman previously said: ”We received a call on Sunday morning reporting a missing woman travelling alone in Thailand.

“The family haven”t been able to speak to her since Tuesday, February 16.

“We are now liaising with Interpol and an investigation is underway.”