Missing British backpacker found in Thailand after she called home sounding ‘very stressed and frightened’


Missing British backpacker found in Thailand after she called home sounding

Grace called home but sounded frightened (Picture: Enterprise News and Pictures)

A missing British backpacker has been found in Thailand after she called home sounding ‘very stressed and frightened’.

Sam Taylor raised the alarm after her 21-year-old daughter Grace had failed to make contact with the family since February 16 while she was backpacking in Pattaya.

Grace then called her mother from Ao Nang, in Krabi province, on Monday and sounded scared, Ms Taylor said in a post on Facebook.

The family, from Swanage, Dorset, booked her a flight from Krabi airport but Grace did not board the plane even though she was believed to have arrived there between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time.

Thailand authorities have since confirmed that she was stopped at Krabi airport.

Pol Lt Col 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.’

She will be returning home.

In a post on Monday, Ms Taylor said: ‘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.

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Grace last called her family from Ao Nang Beach (Picture: Getty)

‘We calmed her down and booked her a flight from Krabi tonight but she apparently reached the airport but didn’t catch her flight and has gone missing again.

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

Ms Taylor has reported her missing to Dorset Police and the Foreign Office (FO) and appealed for backpackers in the country to help locate Grace.

A family member would be flying to Thailand to join the search and bring her home, she added.

An FO spokesman said: ‘We are in touch with local authorities about a British national who was reported missing in Thailand and are providing consular assistance to the family.’

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Missing Grace Taylor

A family member is flying out to join the search (Picture: Facebook)