British tourist found dead in Thailand sent alarming messages

Andrew Apperley went missing after attending a Full Moon party in Ko Phangan

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Andrew Apperley

A 38-year-old British holidaymaker's body has been found in Thailand after he went missing following a Full Moon beach party.

Andrew Apperley, from Sussex, was reported missing after failing to return to his hotel four days after attending the party on the island of Ko Phangan.

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The Daily Mirror reports that the father-of-one had sent a series of chilling messages shortly before he disappeared.

In the messages to one friend, he mentioned a "scary guy with a face mask" and "guys wanting to kill me".

His messages also suggested he had taken magic mushrooms.

According to the Mirror, he told one friend: "I'm tripping out. Think I've been spiked."

Andrew's brother Richard said he checked into his hotel on the morning of the party and left his passport and driving licence with the reception.

The Daily Mail reports that Richard wants police in Thailand to investigate his death thoroughly as he believes he could have been murdered.

Andrew's mother said he sent her a message saying he would return the day after the party but his hotel reported him missing four days later.

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