Thawatchai JAROENNET aka Ben Jaroennet-Lewis

Thawatchai Jaroennet

Fears held for missing teen Thawatchai Jaroennet

POLICE are concerned for the welfare of a 17-year-old youth who has been missing for more than a week.

Thawatchai Jaroennet, also known as Ben, has not contacted his family since he vanished from his house in Leeman, 230km north of Perth, on June 28.

Police say his actions are out of character and hold concerns for his safety.

He is slimly built, has dark skin and is about 190cm tall, with brown eyes and short dark hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a brown jumper and was riding a black 'Giant' brand mountain bike.

Anyone who can help police locate Ben can contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Appeal to help find teenager

Updated Wed Jul 7, 2010 9:35pm AEST - ABC

The family of a Perth teenager who has been missing for more than a week has appealed to the public to help find him.

Thayatchai Jarroennet, also known as Ben Jarroennet-Lewis, was last seen walking out of a home in Morcombe Street at Leeman about 10 PM (WST) last Monday night.

The teenager is described as being of Thai background, about 190 centimetres tall with a slim build, brown eyes and short dark hair.

He was wearing blue jeans and a brown jumper and may have had a bicycle with him.

His stepfather Grant Lewis says the family are concerned because they have not heard from him, which is out of character.

"I'm hoping he's just walked off and is safe somewhere, that's what we've got to try and pin down and find out, because there's been no trace of him at all, that's the scariest part, there's just no trace of him, somebody must have seen something."

"It's way out of character for him to just disappear, he would normally contact somebody, he hasn't got any money, he hasn't got a phone, I feel something may have happened."


Police praise helicopter help in search

Posted Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:07pm AEST - ABC

Senior police in the mid west have praised the assistance of the police helicopter in searching for a missing teenager at the weekend.

The aircraft, normally only used in metropolitan areas, was being used during daylight hours to help search for Leeman teenager Ben Jarronennet-Lewis, who has been missing for nearly two weeks.

On Friday and Saturday evening, the helicopter was also dispatched to Geraldton and assisted officers on the ground track and arrest a number of people.

Inspector Garry Cunningham says the helicopter's infra-red cameras could track heat sources such as vehicles and human bodies, and were a valuable tool.

"That normal back up is really only used in the metropolitan area so it was great to have it up here, very positive and I think it's great to see some of the latest technology and tools able to come out to Regional WA," he said.