The parents of a 32-year-old British man who was found alive in Spain this month after disappearing six years ago are set to fly out and meet him in what is expected to be an emotional reunion.
Matthew Green was 26 when he was reported missing from his home in Kent in April 2010, after he told his parents that he was visiting a friend in London for the weekend, The Mirror reported Wednesday.
In May, Kent police told his parents, Pauline and Jim, that Matthew was located in Europe – without elaborating -- and that authorities had closed the missing person case on Monday. But initially police didn’t say where Matthew Green was, as his exact location was kept secret due to data protection laws.
His parents, citing their son's previous mental health issues and struggles with paranoia, made an appeal for help and were later contacted by a doctor in Spain who said their son was being held at a psychiatric ward and was refusing care and medicine, The Mirror reports.
Phillip Schofield, a presenter with the ITV daytime show "This Morning," which dedicated a segment to Green's case, said the doctor sent the parents a statement in which they have “been asked to provide the institute with Matthew's medical records and to fly to Spain to help with his recovery."
After Matthew Green disappeared, it was revealed that he had taken his passport, birth certificate, driver’s license, ATM card and about $2,500 in cash with him. He had left his phone behind, but his parents never gave up hope that he was alive.
Green reportedly told authorities after he was found that he did not want his parents to be informed of his whereabouts.
“I love him, I miss him. I don’t want to bring him home if he doesn’t want to come home. I just need to know he’s OK,” Jim Green said last year, according to The Mirror. “We try to carry on as normal as best we can.”