Missing UK man found in Spain - but parents are not allowed to contact him

Missing UK man found in Spain - but parents are not allowed to contact him

The parents of a missing man have told of their "mixed emotions" after discovering that their son is alive but they cannot contact him.

Matthew Green, 32, disappeared from his home in Kent in May 2010 after saying he was going to visit friends in London for the weekend.

His parents, Jim and Pauline, have been told that he has been found alive in Spain - but they cannot be put in direct contact with him because of data protection laws.

"I cannot put into words how we feel, ecstatic, elated, all our Christmases come at once are a few of the things that spring to mind," Mrs Green said.

She added: "It's very mixed emotions - obviously we're very happy but again we've got quite a few hurdles to get through."

An officer came to the couple's house in Sittingbourne on May 3 to give them the news that their son has been found.

He came to the attention of the Spanish authorities because he was "acting oddly" and has been taken into the care of social services for assessment.

Mrs Green said on Facebook: "He had no ID on him and when asked his name he said he didn't know and then gave two aliases and Matthew Green, at this point Interpol were involved and everything has snowballed from there.

"A fingerprint match proves that it is 99.9% surety that it is Matt."

She added: "We are no way nearer to seeing him, talking to him or anything else, due to his human rights and data protection.

"I have written him a letter which I have emailed to the Foreign Embassy/Consulate in Madrid but they will not tell me if Matt is in receipt of my letter."

Mrs Green told the Victoria Derbyshire show: "They can't tell me if it's been delivered to him because of data protection. They can't tell me where he is exactly because of data protection."

She added: "I'm assuming they know."

Mrs Green said she would have been on a plane the following morning, but said: "Where do I go? We've just got all these questions still and nobody to answer them."

Mr Green told the programme: "At one stage, they said that he would have to be assessed by a medical team for his mental heath.

"Now, we don't even know whether that's been done, and if they have done this and they deemed him okay, have they just let him go? We don't know."

Mrs Green said they will "get there in the end", adding: "It might take me a bit more time, but I've waited six years, so I'll carry on."

More in this Section

Second World War veteran, 102, ‘quite proud’ after fighting off burglarSecond World War veteran, 102, ‘quite proud’ after fighting off burglar

Hong Kong theatre group volunteers make homemade masks to combat coronavirusHong Kong theatre group volunteers make homemade masks to combat coronavirus

Morgan Stanley buying E-Trade for £10bnMorgan Stanley buying E-Trade for £10bn

Victoria’s Secret sale agreedVictoria’s Secret sale agreed


March is the perfect time to take action when it comes to your lawn, writes Peter DowdallGrassroots campaign: Take action in your lawn

Robin Maharaj, director at Kilkenny Architectural Salvage and AntiquesRobin Maharaj: ‘If you take a longterm view you won’t go wrong’

Fond recollections of a legend, an industry titan comes to Cork, Grimes' new album impresses critics, and Cork French Film Festival announces its lineup, writes Des O'DriscollScene and Heard: ‘Fail we may, sail we must’

Irish Examiner arts editor Des O'Driscoll picks his top gigs from the weekend's event, at venues around Cork City.Right Here, Right Now: this weekend's highlights

More From The Irish Examiner