British tourist Andrew Apperly, 38, found dead
in Thailand sent chilling final messages about a
"scary guy in a face mask" and people wanting
to kill him shortly before he vanished after a
Full Moon party on the island Koh Phangan.
|Andrew Apperley was found dead a week after he vanished|
Andrew Apperley, 38, from Eastbourne, Sussex, was reported missing four days after failing to return from a Full-Moon Party on the paradise island of Ko Phangan on February 12. ( Read Story here)
In the early hours of February 13, the dad-of-one sent an alarming series of messages on WhatsApp and Facebook telling pals he was in the danger.
He sent one friend the last picture of him alive, before adding: "Omg had a mad night all the guys wanting (sic) kill me".
|His final messages appear to show Andrew believed he was in danger.|
His final three messages, said: "Scary guy with face mask. After mushroom. What the f***."
Messages sent over the course of the evening suggest the property manager had taken magic mushrooms - which produce hallucinations - and Ritalin, a stimulant more commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.
|Andrew had spoken of plans to return to Koh Samui by boat after the party|
He told another friend on Facebook: "I'm tripping out. Think I've been spiked."
|In another message he claimed he'd been spiked|
His body was found a week after his disappearance and his death is now being investigated by Thai police.
His brother Richard Apperley, 41, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, traced the final messages after contacting friends who'd been with him in Thailand and says he believes Andrew was murdered.
He said: "I think he's been murdered. Those messages are signs that there was foul play.
"I want the Thai police to investigate this properly and I don't want it swept under the carpet.
"He did take drugs but he didn't go overboard and he knew how to take care of himself. You can see from the messages that he knew he'd been spiked and that he was in danger."
Andrew had flown to Koh Samui from Bangkok to go Ko Phangan's notorious Full-Moon Party.
|Koh Phangan is famed for its Full-Moon Parties|
He checked in to the Ibis Hotel on Koh Samui and planned to return to the accommodation via boat the morning after the party.
He last text his mother Linda on WhatsApp before going out but several messages she sent the next day were not delivered to his phone.
|Andrew had been to Thailand several times before|
Andrew's bank told his family his cards had not been used since going to the party.
Last year, Thai authorities launched an investigation into a 54 per cent rise in tourist deaths, after 83 holidaymakers lost their lives in the country in 2015.
"We are in contact with local authorities."