Derek’s missing Thai wife Som Porn has Sheffield link

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A worried husband has come to Sheffield in a last ditch attempt to find his missing Thai wife.

Derek Eastham, aged 58, is looking for his wife, Som Porn, with whom he lost contact about 18 months ago.

Mr Eastham believes Som Porn’s daughter from a previous relationship, May, is married to a Sheffield man named Sam Burns.

The 58-year-old, who lives in Hackney, London, said: “If I can’t get any joy now I will just have to put it to bed. I’m looking for closure.

“It’s the not knowing which is the worst. Did she have an accident on her motorbike? All sorts of things go through your mind.”

Mr Eastham, a bus advertising fixer, first visited Thailand in 1999 and met Som Porn. He visited her twice a year until they eventually obtained a visa for her to come to the UK.

Som Porn joined Mr Eastham in the UK in 2004 and the couple got married.

He said: “She was three years in this country and then we moved out to Thailand in 2007.

“Out there, things didn’t go at all how we had planned.”

In 2010, Derek came home and Som Porn went to India for six months to work.

When she returned to Thailand the couple remained in touch and they discussed her going back to the UK.

Mr Eastham said: “About 18 months ago, I rang her and somebody else answered her phone.

“I don’t know whether she is dead or alive.

“I went to Thailand last year for ten days to try and find some people she used to visit and that drew a blank.”

Som Porn will now be aged 47 or 48.

Mr Eastham said: “My wife’s daughter married a Sheffield man called Sam Burns. Her daughter’s name is May and I know they have one daughter whose name is Ellie.

“I’m hoping somebody might know the family and they can get in touch.”

Anyone who can help is urged to call Mr Eastham on 07437 240298.