Expats in Malaga help trace missing British tou

Published:  3 Nov at 6 PM
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Costa del Sol expats grouped together to find a missing holidaymaker who refused to board his flight back to Manchester before running away.

Brett Barnes, his partner Gemma Clements and their four-year-old daughter had spent an enjoyable two-week break in Benalmadena, and were preparing to take their flight back to the UK from Malaga Airport last Wednesday. They arrived at the airport at around 10p.m. and were just about to board when Brett suddenly took off into the night carrying only his passport. According to his partner, he’d refused to board the plane and left without any explanation.

Gemma ran after him but could not catch him, leaving her and their daughter no option but to board the plane and return home. After an appeal from Gemma in the UK to help find him, expats alerted taxi drivers to keep a lookout as he had no money or food and only the clothes he stood up in. One Brit expatriate was kind enough to offer to pay for Gemma’s flight ticket back to Spain so that she could search for him, and another offered accommodation.

Fortunately, Brett was located fairly soon, and his partner has now booked him on another flight to Manchester. Gemma told reporters from the Euro Weekly News she’d been very scared and had desperately needed someone to tell her he’d been seen and was alive and well. The newspaper had immediately shared his description with their 22,500 followers on Facebook, in the hope someone in the area could locate him.

Brett’s daughter and his two older children from a previous relationship were heartbroken when they heard their father was missing as he hadn’t wanted to come home. British police are making enquiries with their Spanish counterparts via Interpol and the UK Foreign Office has been notified, but no reason as to why Brett refused to go home has been given as yet.
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