Tourist 'found' in Thailand a week after telling parents 'a man would not let him leave'
Jordan Jacobs has been located by Thailand police a week after telling parents 'a man would not let him leave'
The 21-year-old from Lyneham, Wiltshire told police he was 'just chilling out' and 'perhaps having too much fun' on Ko Phi Phi Don' after he contacted his family saying he would never see them again and that 'a man would not let him leave'.
He sent his family the disturbing messages days before he was due to return home from travelling.
His sister raised the alarm on Facebook and said that his mother, who is undergoing cancer treatment, was prepared to fly out to Thailand to find him.
Emily Jones wrote;
'Saturday morning my mum received a message via Facebook from my brother which basically said he can never see us again, that he is sorry he can't see us one last time, that he loved us etc.
'He was upset and said that the man wouldn't let him leave.
'That he was scared of him.
'This is not like my brother.
'Only last week he was talking about coming home for Christmas.
However, Thai police found Jones wandering the the beach while looking for a diving centre.
Earlier today, the UK foreign office confirmed his safety.
'Jordan Jacobs has been located by local authorities in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, and is safe and well.'
'He was walking around, he was looking for a diving centre either to apply for a job or do a course.
'We took him to the police station and contacted the embassy and explained everything.
'He is fine and healthy.'
Speaking to the Telegraph, Jones said he had was partying on the Island and was oblivious to his family's search for him.
He claimed he could not recall the details surrounding the messages he sent about the local Thai man who would not let him leave.
'I didn’t have a phone charger for a couple of days so I had no idea this was all going on as I hadn’t checked the Internet,” he said.
'It was only when I woke up this morning that I saw it all over the Internet.
'I thought ‘oh bloody hell, it’s all gone crazy’.
“I’m very grateful that they were so concerned of course and I feel very guilty at the trouble and distress I’ve put everyone through.
'I was just wandering around here and had no idea.
'I feel pretty guilty and it’s very embarrassing.
'I will forever be known as the guy who went missing on his holidays.”
However, according to the Mail Online, he has yet to contact his family.
His sister said that he has not spoken to any of his family since he was found by the police.
'He didn't call us from the police station.
'Unless he's embarrassed by all this, as he was the one who told us he was in danger and wouldn't see us again.
'When I spoke to the station he had left.'
In statement made by the police, they said that he had enough money on him to last for a number of days in the area and has since been released from the station.