PHUKET: The family of American Brett Bean, missing on Phuket for several months, have called off a ''search and reward'' for the surfer and ski instructor.
In a brief email message today, parents Lynne and Wayne said that Brett had now ''been in contact with us several times.''
A wide search for Brett Bean began when he failed to catch a flight as scheduled to the US where he usually reunites each year with his family and works as an instructor in the Aspen snowfields.
The rest of the year, Mr Bean usually surfs on Phuket.
Soon after Mr Bean's disappearance in late November, security cameras showed a man making withdrawals from ATMs at locations on Phuket. His house in Karon was locked and left as though he was still living there.
Wayne and Lynne Bean came to Phuket and pounded the streets looking for their son, handing out pamphlets and posting a 50,000 baht reward.
In April, as Phuketwan
reported at the time, Brett Bean telephoned his mother. Today the Beans sent the following email:
''Brett has been in contact with us several times. Our Search and Reward Offer is now over. We are most grateful to the Karon Police department, The US Embassy, the News Media, and the many friends whom we have met in Phuket. Their concern for our family has been greatly appreciated.
From The Bean Family''
Police on Phuket say disappearances of expats living on Phuket for personal reasons are not unusual.