A Nelson family's 10-year search for a missing family member has come to a happy conclusion.
John "Danny" Tohill was last seen by his family in 2005 but they did not start looking for him until 2007 as he was a private person, brother Tobias Tohill said.
The police became involved in 2009, when they began to suspect foul play.
Danny Tohill became aware of the family's search as a result of recent publicity, and he phoned home last night.
Tobias Tohill said he did not recognise his brother's voice at first.
"We're all thrilled to hear that he's well. He said he's happy, which is great," he said.
"He had his reasons, I'm sure, for not having been in touch and he may share them with us in the fullness of time but we're just really happy to hear that he's well."
Tobias Tohill said his brother had not been aware of how many people wanted to know he was okay.