B RITISH backpacker Robert Burndred disappeared in Thailand near the Cambodian
border, it was announced on July 20.
University graduate Burndred, 23,
has been missing since late January but the case went unnoticed until private
investigators hired by his family issued a press release.
Kong-based private investigation firm O'Reilly, Vernier and Gurka said it had
evidence to suggest that Burndred had crossed the border into
Corporate investigator William O'Reilly said in the press
release: "We are well aware that the area that he crossed into in Cambodia is a
Khmer Rouge zone, but at this point we have no evidence to suggest the Khmer
Rouge captured him or harmed him. We cannot absolutely rule out the possibility
that Burndred met with misfortune on the Thai side of the border."
statement issued on behalf of Burndred's family said: "Robert was travelling
through Asia fulfilling his wish to meet its people and experience its culture,
when he disappeared in the northern area in January. His mother is sick with
worry, now needing medical attention and his younger brother is very upset to
think that Robert may have been harmed.
"We all fear for his safety and
wonder if we will ever see him again."