British expat who went missing in Singapore found back in Britain

Briton Vince Welensky, who reportedly went missing in Singapore, was reunited with his wife in Britain.
Briton Vince Welensky, who reportedly went missing in Singapore, was reunited with his wife in Britain.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/FIND VINCE WELENSKY

SINGAPORE - A British man, who reportedly went missing here last month, was found back home in Britain on Wednesday (Feb 24), according to a Facebook page set up to locate him.

According to the page Mr Vince Welensky, 43, called his wife in Britain on Jan 31 to say he had missed his British Airways flight to Heathrow and was booking another ticket. Shortly after, all contact with him was lost.

A group of people, mostly expatriates, set up the page, "Find Vince Welensky" last Sunday. It said in a post on Monday that Singapore police were aware of the case.

On Tuesday, several members of the group conducted a search in Changi Airport and distributed flyers with Mr Welensky's details on them at Changi Point and East Coast Park.

They had also checked Changi Hospital, but found no record of his name, and were considering going to Changi Beach Park to search.

Other members indicated in posts that they had pinned flyers on Cold Storage noticeboards and were circulating them among expatriates and rugby clubs here.

An update on Tuesday said that while Mr Welensky was still missing, British police had discovered that he had flown back to Britain, "though not on the expected date and flight".

He was found and reunited with his wife at 7am on Wednesday, said the lastest post at about 8am on the same day.

It added: "He is physically fine but in [a] confused state and has been taken to hospital for a check."

When contacted by The Straits Times, a spokesman for the British High Comission here said on that it was aware of the development.

According to flyers on the Facebook page, Mr Welensky lived here with his wife and two children from October 2012. His family returned to Britain last year while he remained here to complete a contract.