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Published: Sunday June 1, 2014 MYT 11:12:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 9:39:56 AM

Mum of missing Briton begging for help before 'time runs out'

Gareth David Huntley. Pic taken from 'Find Gareth Huntley' Facebook page.

Gareth David Huntley. Pic taken from 'Find Gareth Huntley' Facebook page.

PETALING JAYA: The mother of a British wildlife volunteer missing in Tioman is expected to arrive in Malaysia on Monday to join the search for her son, according to Daily Mirror.

Gareth David Huntley, 34, from London, has not been seen since Tuesday on Tioman Island where he was doing volunteer work at the Juara Turtle Project. 

The report quoted his mother, Janet Southwell, as saying that she feared her son might be injured and unable to move, and called for British Prime Minister David Cameron's to help. 

In her open letter, she urged Cameron to "make one phone call" to the country's leader "before time runs out".

"We need boots on the ground, search teams and dogs so that we can bring our son back alive," she said, adding that not enough was being done in the search as the family wants "real help".

The Daily Mail reported that Southwell said it was out of character for him to go missing.

"He's got an exploring nature, he's intelligent, and hopefully his ability to apply himself will get him through this.

"He was on a break from work, he was due to start a new job in Singapore next week. It's totally out of character for him to go missing, he just would not do it. He knows there are too many people who care and love him," she said.

The missing man's brother, Mark Huntley, a 30-year-old web developer from Leeds, said, "the media response has been hugely appreciated but we need real action now to find Gareth."

Downing Street meanwhile said the British government was working hard with Malaysian authorities, according to the BBC.

A Facebook page has been set up to locate Huntley. The Facebook page also urged the Malaysian police to locate him swiftly.

Huntley has been doing vo­lunteer work at the Juara Turtle Project in Kampung Juara on the island and was believed to have gone trekking by himself to the Lubuk Teja Waterfalls at about noon that day.

When he did not re­­turn, his friends and other tourists, accompanied by several villagers, went to look for him in the jungle near the waterfalls but to no avail.

A police report was subsequently lodged at the Tioman police station at 2.13pm on Thursday.

Rompin OCPD Deputy Supt Johari Jahaya said they had been trying their best to look for Huntley but could only do so much before calling off the search.

A canine unit and the General Operations Force had been deployed to look for Huntley, he said, but there was still no sign of the man.

"We are also getting help from the locals to look for him," said DSP Johari.

Tags / Keywords: Gareth David Huntley, London, Tioman, Juara Turtle Project

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