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Please help: We MISS our son!

  • manuel

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    Since 5 days we miss our son MANUEL STEINER (32 years old, about 185 tall, see photo on https://www.facebook.com/FeinerSteiner). He suffers under depression and before he communicated every with his mother. The last time he had contact with his mother Charlotte was on Sunday 8 of July. That day he stayed in Bangkok in the backpacker street Khao San Road. There he wanted to stay 1 or 2 days and then travel to Koh Phangan, by bus and boat. Please help us to find him and contact christian.j.jost@me.com or 0041 79 405 55 58. Thanks!!!

    #1 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 04:00

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  • manuel

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    https://www.facebook.com/MissingManuelSteinerHelpUsToFindHim?ref=ts

    Please support this site with the "I like" button and inform all your friends. - Thanks!!!

    #2 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 05:06

  • MADMAC

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    Do you know what Guesthouse he was last staying in and if he checked out?

    #3 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 05:46

  • manuel

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    no, unfortunately not...

    #4 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 05:48

  • exacto

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    If you haven't yet, contact your embassy in Bangkok and speak with their consular representatives. They may be able to help at least file a missing person report with the Thai police. Best wishes.

    #5 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 08:12

  • longbeach

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    a mere 6 days ago. i dont speak with family for weeks sometimes, especially on holidays

    #6 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 12:34

  • MADMAC

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    And hopefully that's what this is... he's just off doing his thing and hasn't bothered to contact home not thinking it's important. But who knows what their normal contact schedule was?

    #7 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 12:38

  • longbeach

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    He's 32yo ffs.

    #8 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 12:41

  • MADMAC

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    Like I said, you don't know what their normal contact schedule was. If he called home or sent an email home every day, and suddenly five days go by with nothing - folks are going to worry. I'm like you and go weeks without checking in. But everyone is different.

    #9 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 12:44

  • sayadian

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    Longbeach
    I was thinking on similar lines but your posting is insensitive.The parents are worrried that's all that counts.I will keep my eyes open for him.He's probably just having a good time somewhere.

    #10 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 19:00

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  • altmtl

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    Maybe he just does not want to speak to his parents - only a week with no contact, he's 32, not a kid. Maybe he wants to be left alone and have fun on a beach? Maybe he met a girl? Maybe he just wants to be left alone?

    #11 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 22:15

  • MADMAC

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    I don't think sensitivity is one of Longbeach's strong suits.

    #12 Posted: 14/7/2012 - 00:05

  • manuel

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    He is ALIVE !!!


    He stays in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan. Someone has stolen him everything, but we will inform the embassy and send him money to come home immediately…


    P.S. To philosophize about people you don't know helps not much...

    #13 Posted: 14/7/2012 - 00:18

  • MADMAC

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    "P.S. To philosophize about people you don't know helps not much..."

    Absolutely! Don't sweat Longbeach, he can be a little rough around the edges. Glad to hear your son is OK though. What a relief that must be.

    #14 Posted: 14/7/2012 - 00:26

  • caseyprich

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    Fantastic news, too bad about being robbed, but good that it was nothing worse.

    Sounds like they used to communicate every day, must have been the chaos of having his things stolen that interrupted it. I see two lessons from this situation:

    1) It is good to setup a regular communication schedule while you are on a long vacation as it can alert relatives if something may be wrong if you skip two or more connections.

    2) Maybe don't contact every day because a normal break in communication could cause serious worry for no reason OR If you do have a regular contact schedule make sure to keep it up because otherwise you may cause a lot of worry.

    #15 Posted: 14/7/2012 - 09:31

  • manuel

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    caseyprich
    you're absolutely right - thanks for your thoughts ! (his father)

    #16 Posted: 14/7/2012 - 09:40

  • MADMAC

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    The great news here is nothing is truly amiss. It could have been a lot worse.

    Very good pointers from Casey and obviously a lesson learned here for those who bother to take it to heart.

    #17 Posted: 14/7/2012 - 13:22

  • busylizzy

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    When travelling around, I tend to email home every week or so to let family know roughly what my upcoming intentions are (or even the options that I'm considering when plans aren't firm). I'll also tell them that they would hear from me for the next xx number of days if I know it's unlikely I'll back online. By letting them know what towns I'm aiming for, they'd know roughly where to send the search parties if necessary.

    For family back at home, SE Asia can seem like a relatively small area (partly due to geographical ignorance). I've had emails from family back home wanting confirmation that I'm OK after significant earthquakes: eg one in Sumatra when I'm in Flores and one in Burma when I'm in Cambodia. Funny thing is, I'm often blissfully unaware that these things even occurred! But for concerned family, they just know that I'm 'in the area'.

    It's good to keep regular communication going while you're travelling - but don't make it too rigid that they end up expecting texts and emails everyday as you just can't maintain that throughout your travels.

    #18 Posted: 14/7/2012 - 16:46

  • altmtl

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    When I was last in Thailand, I met this girl who had to text/talk/skype or whatever everyday to her BF in the UK or he would freak out - sad very sad.

    #19 Posted: 14/7/2012 - 19:50

  • Sampan

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    I'm really glad to hear the end of this wasn't worse!

    Happy trails...

    #20 Posted: 15/7/2012 - 04:14

  • MADMAC

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    "For family back at home, SE Asia can seem like a relatively small area (partly due to geographical ignorance)."

    Liz, ain't it the truth. I had people ask me if wasn't concerned about another Tsunami when I moved to Thailand. I said no, I am moving to Issan, up on the Laos border.
    "And the Tsunami's don't affect that area".
    "Well, no, it's 500 km inland"

    #21 Posted: 15/7/2012 - 05:22

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