21-year old Grace Taylor has been declared a missing person this past week after going under the radar while travelling in Thailand.
Grace, originally from Dorset in the UK, had been staying at a hostel in Pattaya when she lost contact with her parents back in the UK on 16 February.
She managed to make contact with her parents on the morning of 22 February (UK time), telling her mother that she was very stressed and frightened, believing that people were intending to hurt her.
Reported sightings of Grace by other backpackers in Thailand appear to confirm that she was disorientated and “not in a good mental state”.
By this point, Grace had made it to Ao Nang in Krabi province and her parents duly booked her a flight out of Krabi airport for a few hours later after they managed to calm her down over the phone.
Although it’s known that Grace did arrive at the airport, she has since gone missing again and didn’t board her flight. Family members are now jetting to Thailand from the UK in a bid to find her.
Grace’s mother, Sam, said in a later Facebook update: “Grace Taylor made it to Krabi airport apparently around 8.30/9.30 Thai time however she didn’t board the flight. Krabi airport isn’t 24 hours and there are no hotels nearby, it is a small unmanned and remote airport. Where is Grace?”
It is hoped that the backpacking community in Thailand will be able to provide any information and assistance in finding Grace and help get her back to her family.
In the meantime, Dorset police are liaising with interpol and have launched an investigation into Grace’s disappearance.
Featured image is of Grace and is via Sam Taylor’s Facebook page