PATTAYA – The family of a young British woman Grace Taylor 21, are appealing online for help finding their daughter after she went missing while backpacking in Thailand.
Grace Taylor, from the UK, is travelling alone and went missing on 16 February from her hostel in Pattaya.
The 21-year-old’s mother, Sam Taylor, said she had made contact with her daughter on Monday morning who was in a “stressed and frightened state” and said she was worried â€œpeople were trying to hurt her”.
She has since gone missing again after failing to arrive at Krabi airport and board a flight booked by her family following the phone call.
A family member is due to fly out to Thailand on Monday evening.
Writing on Facebook, Ms Taylor said: â€œGrace 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.
â€œWe 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.
â€œWe are desperately worried, all previous backpacker sightings have reported that she is disorientated and not of a good mental state.
â€œPlease 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.
Dorset police have said an investigation is underway and they are liaising with Interpol.
A spokesman from the force 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.”
Grace Taylor, 21, from the UK, was located at Krabi airport and was being cared for by an officer from the tourist police, embassy officialss Reported.
She was reported missing after she had not contacted her family in five days, her mother Sam Taylor posted on Facebook on Monday.
A later post said she was “stressed and frightened” at the airport.
Following the police confirmation, 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.”
Ms Taylor had been reported missing to Dorset Police after not being in touch since her last contact from a hostel in Pattaya on 16 February.
Her mother appealed to backpackers in Thailand for information.
Late on Monday, she wrote on Facebook that her daughter had contacted family from Ao Nang. They booked her a flight home, although her mother said she did not board the plane.