Find Lost Family, Friend, Heir, or Other Person in Thailand
We have found many lost mothers, fathers, children, relatives, and friends over the years. In many cases, contact was lost decades ago, such as back to the 1970s, and some even longer ago. There have been a great variety of circumstances. These can lead to happy family reunions.
There are different categories of cases for finding people, for different kinds of lost relatives and friends.
We have a separate section on adoption tracing to find biological birth certificate mothers and fathers for adoptees and/or adoptive parents, since adoption tracing is a different process.
Finding old girlfriends and boyfriends, as well as former or estranged wives and husbands, can be a sensitive matter, so we have various sensitive approaches to these, such as trying to make contact discreetly to not risk disrupting another relationship, and approaching them as a neutral third party who may also accommodate their needs and preferences.
Many children and siblings have gone to Thailand and dropped out of communication with their families, mainly sons and brothers. We have found many of them still alive, and a main cause of their dropping out has been substance abuse, especially drugs usage. There can be other reasons, too. Re-engaging with them successfully may require a very careful approach. In some cases, we have first found them and found out about them before the family overtly tried to re-engage. In other cases, if preferred, we can just say to please contact home and try to exchange contact information.
Other people finder cases have included a grown person's nanny as a child, former employees, classmates, and heirs for whom an inheritance is waiting.
Some foreign people have been found to be deceased but their embassy did not report to the next of kin for some reason. If they died without identification on them, then just the nationality may not be known for sure. However, for example, I have been contacted by my embassy (American) asking if I knew how to contact the next of kin for an American citizen with a common name. In another case, we eventually tracked down the last known address of a deceased American, and the apartment staff confirmed he passed away there quite some time before and provided a copy of his American passport, as well as asked whether or not we would be willing to take his things which were in storage there. His family apparently had not been contacted by the American government, even though he had died a very long time ago, in the 2010s. (He had died of natural causes, in his apartment, but well before the average age of death for a male, due to long known medical issues for which he had pursued treatments overseas. He was discovered deceased in his apartment some time after his death.) In cases where a foreigner is found but no identification is established or no next of kin is found who takes over the matter, they are typically just cremated in Thailand.
In some cases, the client just wants to find the person and is brief with us, which is okay. However, in some other cases, we much prefer to know the history and to understand the situation. Many of these cases become quite personal whereby we can help bridge people. We also just like to get to know people.
Most of these cases have a very nice and happy conclusion, but not all of them. There is quite a variety of outcomes.
Heir Search in Thailand
We have searched for heirs in Thailand. There are various situations which can lead to an heir search in Thailand. There may be the death of a person overseas which makes a person in Thailand to be a statutory heir if there is no Will, or else an heir entitled by a Will, but the people handling the execution of the estate do not have a means of contacting this person. There may also be a situation where an heir is deceased but any children of the heir in Thailand would be entitled.
If the heir in Thailand is deceased, then we can provide a copy of a death certificate if they died in Thailand. We have also been able to provide an official statement by a Thai government officer regarding a search for any registered children in a nationwide database of people.
Further, we have performed legal chain of custody DNA collection for testing of alleged children of a deceased heir, comparing the child's DNA to one or more samples of the overseas biological family of the deceased.
We try to resolve these cases as quickly as feasible so that an estate can be settled in a timely manner.
We offer translation and interpreter services, as well. We have been working closely with our sister company at www.ThaiEnglish.com since the early 2000s. Our Thai language expertise is quite advanced, which is important for a wide range of services from legal translations to proper social interactions.
We search for people of all nationalities. For example, on behalf of a Russian family, we searched for their son, who we thought was in Pattaya, based on his last known hotel stay, which he had departed from already. He was highly educated overseas and since he was apparently not a criminal sort, our search included police records in a friendly manner for any report of a death or injury or other event which might include his name. This included visits to particular police stations in Pattaya who might have become familiar with any particular incident which didn't necessarily go into the computer system.
At one station, a policeman looked at me, an American, and commented about the adversarial nature between our governments. I basically replied that there can be a big difference between governments and the people, of course. I have met and known many Russians routinely and been friends with some ... though I understand well some of the initial careful attitudes many Russians have towards others of their own nationality (sometimes reserved about other Russians), as well as towards some other nationalities and races sometimes, like some of my American acquaintances... I don't prejudge people based on their nationality or race. We are all the same species, I'm not "tribal" nor into just conforming with groupthink. I can think independently, and as an expat since 1994 and somebody who studied the world a lot before then, including cultures and languages, I enjoy these cases involving people of different nationalities. However, I am aware of many other peoples' different kinds of outlooks ...
(Actually, I had studied the Russian language and culture a very long time ago.)
Sensitivity If/When A Person is Deceased
We hope to find people alive and well. However, many missing persons cases turn up somebody either in bad shape or deceased, and then must be handled sensitively and considerately.
For example, in the abovementioned Russian case, I will never forget the time I suddenly heard a quick succession of many "Line" messages. I routinely get that, from people reporting to me, such as forwarding a set of photos. However, this time, it was from a new police contact in Pattaya we had visited recently who had sent a batch of photos of a deceased man whose body had been decomposing for quite a while inside a rented house. It was the man we were looking for. It was very sad because he was a young man with seemingly so much potential, and I immediately was consumed in thought about how to gently break the news to his family in Russia. (Embassy contact with the family came much later. There was also some confusion with some others about his nationality. In so many cases, it is best to have an original source.) (Notably, there was clearly no sign of any foul play, and the cause of death was clear.) The emotional impact it had on me lasted for quite some time, as for many months when I heard a quick succession of many "Line" messages, it immediately conjured this memory. Eventually, I got over it, thanks to many other cases of happy messages of finding somebody or some other success coming in as a quick succession of many Line messages, but it took awhile.
In many other cases, somebody has searched for a Thai biological parent or some friend or associate, but waited to do the search. If you plan to search for somebody, it is usually best to do so sooner than later. We've had some cases where the person had died fairly recently.
There is more information on our general page on finding a person in Thailand. This page is more recent and tries to cover our people finder cases in a more categorical way.
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