Body found in hunt for missing British tourist in Thailand

Body found in hunt for missing British tourist in Thailand

A body has reportedly been found during the search for a British tourist who disappeared after a beach party in Thailand.

Andrew Apperley, 38, from Eastbourne, was reported missing after failing to return to his hotel four days after going to the Full Moon party.

He was staying at a hotel in Bo Put on the island of Ko Samui and went to the full moon party on February 12 but has not been heard from since.

He told his mother he would be returning the following morning, but the hotel reported him missing four days later.

Apperley had flown to Ko Samui from Bangkok to go to the party on the neighbouring island of Ko Pha Ngan, renowned for its monthly Full Moon parties, his brother told the BBC.

Richard Apperley said his brother checked in on the morning of the party and left his passport and driving licence with the hotel reception.

Staff at the Hotel ibis Samui Bophut confirmed earlier he had still not been seen and his documents were still in their possession.

His bank told his family his cards had not been used since going to the party.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but Apperley’s family, from Gloucester, have been informed.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: “Following inquiries with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office we can confirm that a body has been found in the search for Andrew Apperley. Our thoughts are with Andrew’s friends and family.

“The circumstances of the death are unknown at this time.

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