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Family appeals for help finding missing Phuket expat

Jodie Poyner of the UK has made a public plea for any information that may lead to finding her father, Graham Poyner, a Phuket expat last seen on March 25.

missing ex patMr Poyner, who has a home in Patong, was reportedly last seen by his wife in Surin Province, on the Cambodian border in northeast Thailand, Jodie explained. The couple have a second home there.

He left the house with four men to go on a golfing trip and was due to return on March 27, which would have been his 57th birthday.

“His phone has been off since, and his moped was found several days later in the local town with the number plate missing,” she told The Phuket News.

The motorbike was found near the Saeng Thong Hotel in Surin Town, with the key still in the ignition. But none of the local people questioned by police recalled seeing Graham in the area.

Jodie, who was in touch with her father frequently before his disappearance. When he failed to get in touch on his birthday and had not returned to his home in Surin, she bacame very worried and had a friend post a video on YouTube April 3 appealing for any information that may help to find him. (see video here).

“He has never disappeared before and myself and my family are extremely worried about him,” she said.

Jodie’s sister, Shannan, has tried to pursuing formal channels in the UK to find her dad, but to no avail.

“The embassies and foreign office told me it wasn’t their responsibility and [that] I have to use the British police and Interpol. But again that is slow and I’m still waiting… I don’t know what else to do,” she said.

Meanwhile, Graham’s wife Sia has been working with local police who have been spreading the word both online and on the ground. A missing person alert has also been aired on a number of Thai TV channels.

Graham is of slim build, about six-feet tall, and an avid golfer.

Geno Kopchinski, who has known Graham for more than four years and lived next door to him in Patong for three years, posted on his Facebook: “Him vanishing for a day or two wouldn’t even elicit an eyebrow raise from me. But eight days is entirely out of character for him.

“It gets harder and harder to expect a happy outcome in this mess… But I, for one, am still cautiously optimistic for our friend’s safe return.”

The British embassy in Bangkok told The Phuket News this morning (May 28), “The Consular Section of the British Embassy in Bangkok is aware of the case of a missing person and is providing consular assistance where it can.”

If you have information about Graham’s possible whereabouts, call 080 074 8901, or post on Facebook here, or email Jodie.

Phuket News

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