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Canberra man reported missing in Thailand features in television series

The story of Canberra man who went missing in Southeast Asia earlier this year has been featured in promotions for a new television series documenting the work of Australian diplomats inside the Bangkok Embassy.

Nathan Hansford, a 36-year-old who had lived in Bangkok for 10 years, was reported missing by his family on March 3 after they failed to hear from him for more than two months and were unable to verify his whereabouts.

Mr Hansford had regularly kept in touch with his family and the last known sighting of him at the time of the report was leaving the gated suburb of Thungkru on January 31 to travel in a taxi to Mo Chit in central Bangkok.

After cooperation between diplomatic staff and local police, Mr Hansford was eventually found in a Phnom Penh hotel where his family said he was suffering from temporary memory loss sustained after a motorbike accident.

Mr Hansford's brother Hamish, who lives in Canberra, said Nathan's amnesia had initially restricted his family from discovering the circumstances of the accident or how he managed to survive. 

Mr Hansford's story has been promoted as part of Channel Nine's new program The Embassy, which documents what happens when Australians fall into trouble abroad and premiered on Sunday night. 


The partner of Mr Hansford's brother, Tara Cheyne, said Nathan was now "fine and doing well" and expressed the family's gratitude for the work of DFAT staff earlier this year.

"We're confident the show will reveal how great the embassy [staff] were in their assistance to find Nathan in March," she said.

"We are thankful and grateful for their support."

In statement, Mr Hansford's family described DFAT officials as "outstanding" and "truly a national asset for those in trouble overseas".

DFAT officials in the Bangkok embassy remained in contact with Mr Hansford's family throughout the search operation, including with his sister who flew to Bangkok on March 4 to assist with the search.  

Ms Cheyne launched a social media campaign from Canberra to gather information and leads regarding Nathan's disappearance which was republished by expatriate organisations and local media in Thailand.

Mr Hansford is married to a Thai woman and lived in Canberra before moving to Thailand in 2004 to work as an international contractor specialising in public finance and capital market development.