UPDATED: Police confirm man who went missing on Chipping Norton visit has now left the country

John Jamieson.
John Jamieson.

A man who went missing for almost two weeks while travelling to visit family in Chipping Norton has left the country and is thought to be returning to his home in Thailand.

Retired engineer John Jamieson, 71, formerly of Chipping Norton, travelled to Britain via Bahrain for a surprise visit to his only daughter, Lynn Youngson, on Thursday, May 21.

Mr Jamieson arrived at Heathrow at around 6.30am and was due to catch a National Express service up to Oxford and from there another bus to Chipping Norton.

However, he never arrived at his destination and all attempts to contact him have gone unanswered.

Mrs Youngson, who lives on Rowell Way, Chipping Norton, said the first thing she knew about the visit was when Mr Jamieson’s wife contacted her to ask if he had arrived safely.

She said: “My father has always made his own way and turned up on the doorstep. Only this time he didn’t turn up.”

Concern for Mr Jamieson’s wellbeing grew and Mrs Youngson took to Facebook and local radio to appeal for help finding him. A poster campaign was also launched by the charity Missing People.

Mr Jamieson was spotted on CCTV in London on Monday and last night police have confirmed his passport and ticket were used at Heathrow yesterday (Tuesday) to begin the return leg of his trip.

Mrs Youngson took to Facebook to thank supporters for their help in searching for her father. She said:“I don’t have an answer to where he has been for the last two weeks, as only he knows.