An Australian man who was forced to live on the streets in the UK for 16 years has reconnected with his family who are now arranging to fly him home.
Jason Ronald Douglas, 36, went missing after suffering the loss of his uncle – who he had been living with in the UK.
His family saw him at his uncle's funeral in 1999, then they returned home to Australia but he decided to stay in England.
He was living with a friend in Milton Keynes, but was kicked out in 2000. This is when he lost contact with his loved-ones back home.
Jason Douglas (pictured) went missing in 1999, his sister Sally Douglas (pictured) has been looking for him ever since, and after 16 years apart has finally manage to track him down
Mr Douglas lost contact with his family when he was kicked out of his friend's house. He has been living rough ever since, without a passport or any money
Since then they have been searching the country for him, finally finding him in a homeless shelter in the West Midlands, less than an hour and a half away from where he disappeared.
His family, who had been contacting police in England ever since his disappearance, last week spoke with an officer who happened to know Mr Douglas.
He passed a message on to the man who was living in a local shelter and numbers were soon exchanged.
His sister, Sally Douglas, told the Independent he cried throughout their first conversation in 16 years.