Facebook page set up for help to locate Briton in Tioman

Facebook page set up for help to locate Briton in Tioman
Photos from Find Gareth Facebook page

KUANTAN - A Facebook page has been set up to locate Briton Gareth David Huntley who went missing in Tioman.

The Find Gareth Huntley Facebook page, set up by a relative, is reaching out to social media users with pictures and information of the missing man in the hope that anyone else travelling in the area might have seen him or help look for him.

"Gareth's family and friends are extremely worried for his health and safety. We need to find him ASAP," wrote the page administrator.

The Facebook page also urged the Malaysian police to quickly locate Huntley, who went missing on Tuesday.

Several netizens had since posted on the Face­book page with various suggestions and offers of help, including some who said that they had shared the news with "expatriate groups in Singapore travelling to Tioman".

Huntley, 34, has been doing vo­lunteer work at the Juara Turtle Project in Kampung Juara on the island and was believed to have gone trekking by himself to the Lubuk Teja Waterfalls at about noon that day.

When he did not re­­turn, his friends and other tourists, accompanied by several villagers, went to look for him in the jungle near the waterfalls but to no avail.

A police report was subsequently lodged at the Tioman police station at 2.13pm on Thursday.

When contacted, Rompin OCPD Deputy Supt Johari Jahaya said they had been trying their best to look for Huntley but could only do so much before calling off the search.

A canine unit and the General Operations Force had been deployed to look for Huntley, he said, but there was still no sign of the man.

"We are also getting help from the locals to look for him," said DSP Johari.

The British High Commission had been informed of Huntley's disappearance, he added.

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