BANGKOK – Two school girls from the UK who went missing in Thailand nearly three months ago have been found.
Ananya, 11, and Aleena Day, six, were reported missing on Sunday, June 1.
The sisters had been on a trip to Pattaya to see their mother,Onwarat Gamlem who separated from their father Robert Day in 2010, when they vanished.
The girls who live with their father and grandparents in Chipstead UK, arrived in Pattaya on May 25 and spent several days visiting their 33-year-old mother, Onwarat Gamlem – formerly known as both Wiganda Day and Onwarat Suphikunphong.
It became apparent the girls were missing when Mrs Gamlem failed to return them as arranged so that they could fly home with their father.
There had been no sign of them since.
Numerous search attempts were made to find the sisters and in recent weeks, trucks holding billboards displaying their photos have been paraded through Pattaya daily with a loud speaker.
They also played two songs – Ananya’s favourite song, Beautiful Girl, and the well-known Santa Claus is Coming to Town, which Mr Day hoped would draw public attention.
It is understood that a woman was arrested in connection with their disappearance on Friday.
Mr Day is said to be sorting out paperwork and attending meetings with lawyers in Thailand, and does not know when he will be returning to the UK with the children.
His sister Charlotte Dillow said: “Both of the girls have missed so much – the last few weeks of school were especially important for Annie as she is due to start her new secondary school in September.
“She missed the leavers service and end of term celebrations, and sports day which they both would have loved taking part in.”