Body found on Greek island confirmed as Dr Michael Mosley as wife pays tribute to 'wonderful' husband

Dr Michael Mosley with wife Clare
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A body found on the Greek island of Symi this morning has been confirmed to be that of Dr Michael Mosley.

This morning (Sunday, June 9), it was reported a body had been found close to a network of caves known locally as The Abyss. Dr Michael Mosley, known for his TV appearances on This Morning and the BBC, was holidaying with his wife Dr Clare Bailey when he was reported missing on Wednesday.

Since then, police have been searching for the doctor after he set out for the walk at 1.30pm and failed to return by 7.30pm. For more than three days, local authorities have been searching for Dr Mosley along the walking route he was thought to have taken, the Mirror reports.

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After extensive searches, efforts were diverted to the caves known as The Abyss, where it was believed search staff found a body, reportedly with a purple umbrella. There has since been a formal identification of the remains.

Emergency workers spent 40 minutes examining the scene where the body had been found, before placing it on a stretcher and carrying it over the rocks and down to the sea. Dr Mosley was then taken away on a small boat at around 2.50pm local time.

In a statement, Dr Mosley's wife Clare confirmed the death of her husband. She said: "I don’t know quite where to begin with this. It’s devastating to have lost Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband. We had an incredibly lucky life together. We loved each other very much and were so happy together."

She continued: "I am incredibly proud of our children, their resilience and support over the past days. My family and I have been hugely comforted by the outpouring of love from people from around the world. It’s clear that Michael meant a huge amount to so many of you.

"We’re taking comfort in the fact that he so very nearly made it. He did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen by the extensive search team.

"Michael was an adventurous man, it’s part of what made him so special.

"We are so grateful to the extraordinary people on Symi who have worked tirelessly to help find him. Some of these people on the island, who hadn’t even heard of Michael, worked from dawn till dusk unasked.

"We’re also very grateful to the press who have dealt with us with great respect. I feel so lucky to have our children and my amazing friends. Most of all, I feel so lucky to have had this life with Michael. Thank you all."