Edinburgh dad missing in Thailand didn't return from 'solo retirement holiday'

David Goldthorpe, 65, failed to return home from a holiday celebrating his retirement
David Goldthorpe, 65, failed to return home from a holiday celebrating his retirement -Credit:Facebook/ddgoldthorpe

A dad who disappeared while in Thailand was on a solo holiday to celebrate his retirement.

David Goldthorpe, from Edinburgh, failed to board the first of his flights home on Sunday with fears now growing. The 65-year-old was due to travel from Phuket to Doka in Qatar, reports the Daily Record.

He should've caught a connecting flight home to the capital on May 5. Thai police have confirmed he was not on the plane.

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David flew out to Thailand on April 12 and stayed at a hotel in Bangkok for a week before travelling on to popular holiday resort. He last had contact with his family on Wednesday, May 1 at 3.30am.

Police Scotland say they are investigating the disappearance while the UK Government has confirmed that they are in contact with David's family. His family described his disappearance as "out of character" and told how they are "worried sick". His daughter Hayley has been posting in expat groups on Facebook, appealing for help and sharing his photograph.

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Daughter-in-law Kate Goldthorpe told the Record: "We're concerned and eager to locate David.

"David is 5'8", 65 years old, and has been on holiday in Thailand. He is single and had recently retired so just wanted a holiday. He was booked on a flight to Doha on Sunday morning but police confirmed he was unfortunately not on that.

David went missing while on holiday in Thailand and has not been seen in days. -Credit:Kate Goldthorpe/Facebook

"It is not normal for him to not contact his daughter, Hayley. We are cooperating with Police Scotland to try to locate him. Any information or sightings should be directed to Police Scotland or the British embassy in Thailand."

Another relative posted on Facebook: "After some odd messages and then silence, we haven't heard from our uncle for five days. He has been on holiday in Thailand but police confirmed he never made his flight home. Please share as we are incredibly worried about him."

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers are making enquiries following a report of concern for a Scottish man who is understood to have travelled to Thailand.”

An Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: “We are in contact with the family of a British man who has been reported as missing in Thailand.”