Connect with us


Mum calls off search for missing American Brett Bean

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The Phuket search for missing American surfer Brett Bean, 43, was called off by his mother, Lynne Bean, tonight.

“Brett has been in contact with us several times. 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,” Mrs Bean wrote in an email.

“Their concern for our family has been greatly appreciated,” she added.

Brett first contacted his family in May, 155 days after mysteriously disappearing from his rented Karon bungalow last year. However, the brief conversation appeared to leave the family with more questions than answers.

“It was a very brief call,” his mother said after the call. “We still do not know where he is, but it was very good to hear his voice.”

“At least we know he is alive. There is still hope after 155 days,” his father, Wayne Bean, said.

Mr Bean expected his son, Brett, to arrive back in Los Angeles on November 28.

However, after checking with the airlines it became obvious that his son had not made his 8:25am connection from Bangkok to Hong Kong. Concerned Mr Bean contacted the US Embassy and eventually the media asking for help in locating his son (story here).

Unable to turn a leaf in the search, Mrs Bean travelled to Phuket in December to kickstart a campaign searching for her son. She began pasting the island with missing person fliers, and offered a 50,000-baht reward for his safe recovery (story here).

The case seemed to have gone cold until CCTV images showed a man wearing a helmet accessing Brett’s bank account with his ATM card. Though family felt like the man could be Brett, they struggled to positively identify him (story here).

Brett lived and surfed in Phuket for six months of the year and was a ski instructor in the United States for six months.

Phuket police investigating the case found nothing suspicious in his rented bungalow at the time of his disappearance. Mr Bean’s surfboard and passport were found inside, along with his driver’s license, motorbike registration book and his bankbook

His motorbike was missing, as were his helmet, laptop computer and cell phone.

“Everything looked like Mr Bean had just stepped out,” Maj Worapong Prom-in of the Chalong Police had told the Gazette during the initial investigation.

In their email tonight, the Bean family did not elaborate on what happened to Brett during his extended disappearance in Thailand.


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand42 mins ago

Man allegedly steals almost 300,000 baht from monk

Thailand2 hours ago

Illegal cigarette shipment busted, valued at 30 million baht

Thailand3 hours ago

Pair arrested for allegedly stealing prepaid phone cards worth 240 million baht, take home almost 150

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Best of4 hours ago

Top 5 Indian Restaurants in Bangkok

Phuket4 hours ago

A Korean restaurant catches fire at a Phuket shopping centre

Best of5 hours ago

Top 10 Provinces to visit in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for emergency use in Thailand

World5 hours ago

1 dead 99 unaccounted for in Florida building collapse

World5 hours ago

Airlines participate in trials of IATA Travel Pass app

Best of5 hours ago

Top 8 Street Foods in Thailand

World5 hours ago

A bed in the sky: Shanghai opens world’s highest luxury hotel

Thailand6 hours ago

GMT Live | Bangkok Covid situation, Klongtoey slums, Sandbox squabbles

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Covid-19 cluster found at children’s home outside Bangkok

Best of6 hours ago

Top 5 Floating Markets in Bangkok

Phuket7 hours ago

Phuket officials in last-minute scramble to fix sandbox hiccups

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8