A man missing from his home in Yorkshire has been located 2,000 miles away (3,5000km) more than a year after he vanished.
He was taken in by a good samaritan who found him homeless after being concerned for his welfare.
Nial Atkin from Huddersfield went missing in May last year and his desperately worried family and Yorkshire Police have been trying to track him down since, believing he was most likely in Scotland.
It now appears that Nial somehow made it to Kiruna, in the far north of Sweden and part of the Lapland province – over 2,000 miles from his home, reports The Mirror.
The good Samaritan, a Swedish man called Jerry Ahlqvist, turned to Facebook on Saturday after finding Nial disorientated in his town and thought social media may be able to help identify him.
Jerry posted a photo of Nial and wrote: "So yesterday I found a homeless person that was acting a bit strange, he seemed confused and was just walking back and forth.
“I brought him home and cleaned him, gave him some food and new clothes, and a clean bed to sleep in.
“He is kind of hard to communicate with, he gets lost in his thoughts, takes a long time to answer questions and he just stares into nothing.
“He has told me some information about himself but he ends every sentence with ‘sort of’ so the information can also be incorrect."
Jerry was able to learn that his name was Nial Akin, that he was 26-years-old and worked in IT somewhere around Leeds
“I can’t help the feeling that his family is concerned about his whereabouts and maybe looking for him, also he is confused and he is not capable of taking care of himself," he added.
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“Anyway he is currently in a small town called Kiruna way up north in Sweden. I think he needs some help but I don’t know what to do? Help me help him? Share and try finding his family?”
Jerry was subsequently pointed in the direction of a missing persons appeal from Police Scotland and the descriptions appeared to match with Nial.
On Tuesday an elated Jerry confirmed that he had spoken to Nial's mum and arrangements were being made to bring him back to his family.
He said: “UPDATE! We have found his mother and I have spoken with her on the phone.
“Everything will be sorted out. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT! We did it!”
Jerry also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to bring Nial home.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police confirmed a Swedish resident had been in touch over Nial's disappearance.
They said: "Kirklees Police were contacted on Sunday, July 11 2021 by a caller who made a missing person’s report about a 26-year-old male who was said to be missing and believed to be in Sweden.
"Officers have now spoken with a resident in Sweden who has confirmed they have had contact with the missing person and enquiries currently remain ongoing."
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