Pattaya Law Enforcement reported on their social media feeds today that an elderly, homeless English man who is in a wheelchair is getting help from them to go back home to England.
The man, whose name was withheld, was originally on holiday in Pattaya when he ran into a stroke of bad luck officials said.
The man went viral on Thai media earlier this week when he was seen by many at the Pattaya police station nearly naked and disoriented in his wheelchair. Pictures were taken of the man in the police station that were shared on Facebook and other platforms thousands of times by concerned Thai residents.
The man had no identifying documents and appeared to be in his late seventies or early eighties with physical and mental handicaps according to law enforcement. He was unable to answer most questions due to his condition, they added.
This evening, December 26, 2019, Pattaya Police stated they had identified the man, who they had been feeding, clothing and keeping safe for several days and were helping send him back to relatives in the UK. They did not give specific details on these processes to the media.
They also did not explain what the stroke of bad luck was that had set the man to being homeless and destitute in Pattaya at his advanced age.