Tom Armstrong search: family "hopeful" after possible sighting in Bangkok

Tom Armstrong
Image caption Tom Armstrong's mother said the Facebook message was "the best news" they had had so far

The family of a Suffolk man who has been missing in Thailand are "much more hopeful" after a possible sighting.

Tom Armstrong, 22, from Kelsale near Saxmundham, had been due to arrive at Heathrow from Bangkok airport on 9 January but did not catch the flight.

A man has contacted the family via Facebook and said he believes he bumped into Tom in Bangkok on Saturday.

Helen Armstrong-Bland, Tom's mother said: "He said he'd then seen photos of our Tom and he's positive it's him."

Mr Armstrong's father had already flown to Thailand to liaise with the local authorities involved in the search.

Ms Armstrong-Bland said: "The private message was from a chap that lives in Bangkok and he said he spoke to a man who called himself Tom who was asking for directions out of town.

"Although initial inquiries haven't got us any further yet, it's the best news that we've had so far and we're much more hopeful."

The 22-year-old was last in contact with his family via email on 6 January and money has been withdrawn from his bank account in Bangkok since his disappearance.

Suffolk Police are working with the family, Interpol, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Thai authorities to help with the investigation.

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