British explorer reported missing on remote Papua New Guinea expedition

British explorer missing in headhunter tribe's jungle

British explorer missing in headhunter tribe's jungle

He wrote in September that the Yaifo were "the remotest people in Papua New Guinea, and one of the last people on the entire planet who are out-of-contact with our interconnected world".

The father-of-three was expected to reach the capital Port Moresby on Sunday from where he had to travel to Hong Kong to give a speech at the Royal Geographical Society branch there.

In a blog entitled "I may be some time" Benedict wrote on his website about his plans before he left the United Kingdom, it read: "No outsider has made the journey to visit them [the Yaifo] since the rather perilous journey I made as a young man three decades ago".

"Nor do I have an obvious means of returning to the outside world, which is somewhat worrying, especially at my advanced age", he wrote.

A Foreign Office spokesman has confirmed that they are "assisting the family of a British man who has been reported missing in Papua New Guinea, and are contacting the local authorities".

"Either I must paddle down river for a week or so - or enlist the help of the Yaifo, as I did last time; together we managed to achieve the only recorded crossing of the Central Range", he said. So, if this website or my Twitter account falls more than usually silent - I'm due back mid. So, don't bother to call or text.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Allen's sister, Katie Pestille, said it was "out of character" for him to miss his scheduled flight.

He said that like his journey decades before, he planned on venturing into the wilderness with no satellite phone, Global Positioning System or companion. Or anything else much. I grow older but not wiser, it seems...

Allen was supposed to be on a flight out of Papua New Guinea on Monday, but did not make the flight, his management company told NBC. "He told me last month, just before he set off, that he had no idea how they would receive him, or even if he would be able to find them in such a remote part of the country".

"He may not be a young man any more but he is very fit".

Benedict Allen first discovered the tribe 30 years ago and embarked on a mission to find them again.

Ms Sarsby said Mr Allen was trying to find the reclusive Yaifo tribe, which she described as "possibly headhunters, quite a scary bunch". He never takes a phone with him - he believes in living like the locals.

On October 11, in a message of particular foreboding, he warned no one should come looking for him were he to disappear.

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