An English tourist went missing after visiting the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The body of Andrew Apperley, 38, from Gloucester in England, was found nine days later.
Police have informed Mr Apperley’s mother that the body of her missing son has been found. However, a spokesperson for the Gloucestershire Police said that the circumstances of the victim’s death are unknown at this time.
Mr Apperley was staying at a hotel in Bophut on Koh Samui in Surat Thani province and took a speedboat to the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan in order to attend the Full Moon Party on February 12. He told his mother he would be returning the following morning. The hotel reported him missing four days later.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: “Following enquiries at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), we can confirm that a body has been found in the search for Andrew Apperley.”
Richard Apperley told the BBC his brother had flown into Koh Samui from Bangkok to go to the party on Koh Phangan, had checked in on the morning of the party and left his passport and driving licence at the hotel reception.
Before leaving, the deceased had a conversation with his mother Linda on WhatsApp and said he would be catching the boat back to the hotel early the following morning. Staff at the Hotel Ibis Samui Bophut confirmed that Mr Apperley had still not returned and his documents were still in their possession.
Apparently, Mr Apperley’s mother sent several WhatsApp messages to her son’s mobile phone but did not receive a delivery report to say he had read them. His bank told his family that none of his bank cards had been used since the night of the party.
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- February 26, 2017: "British tourist found dead in Thailand sent disturbing final messages to friends" (metro.co.uk)