THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Family appeals for help finding missing Phuket expat: VIDEO

Family appeals for help finding missing Phuket expat: VIDEO

PHUKET: 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.


By Chris Husted

Thursday 28 May 2015, 12:14PM


Mr 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 became 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.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET

“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.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

susan hill | 20 April 2017 - 04:06:33

I have only just learned that Graham is missing, I knew him some years ago in Wolverhampton, he was a lovely lovely person, i am in bits. Someone knows whats happened. Love and Prayers to Graham X

Bjay | 28 May 2015 - 19:56:25

Graham is a good friend of mine & many others living in Patong where he lived for a long time. Our thoughts and prayers are for finding him safe & sound, although we fear for the worst. 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Governor calls in public transport drivers to clarify ‘good service’

Those guys don't look very friendly! They look like a bunch of thugs you wouldn't want to ru...(Read More)


Phuket Pad Thai hygiene goes on show

Wiesenl, it’s not about normal bacteria that’s ok but a don’t ned nose and ass bacteria in my ...(Read More)


Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain’s next PM

And a ringing endorsement from Donald Trump! Say no more. If time shifted I'm certain politicia...(Read More)


Phuket Governor calls in public transport drivers to clarify ‘good service’

Absurdity. One only has to look at the faces and deportment of the taxi/tuktuk goons in the photogra...(Read More)


Police crackdown seizes M16s, haul of drugs, targets street racers

Does Mr.Kurt understand that the result on display and all those figures did not come from Phuket al...(Read More)


Brit expat posts B90k bail on animal cruelty charge

Poor Mrs.Sweet. I feel really sorry for you. Wondering what made that woman so angry.Some part of th...(Read More)


Police crackdown seizes M16s, haul of drugs, targets street racers

It justify's my repeatedly writing that Phuket island is sinking under the weight of illegal fir...(Read More)


Phuket Pad Thai hygiene goes on show

If a cook/chef can not touch food with bare hands anymore than you should strictly take care that yo...(Read More)


Phuket Pad Thai hygiene goes on show

I was taught in school to never ever touch my eyes, nose or mouth while anywhere near a public plac...(Read More)


Brit expat posts B90k bail on animal cruelty charge

Meanwhile the Thai woman who trespassed onto my property March 15 and attacked me with a stick, repe...(Read More)