Body found near hiking trail in search for Michael Mosley on Greek island

Michael Mosley with his wife Clare Bailey
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A body has been discovered during the search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley, who disappeared near a hiking trail on the beautiful Greek island of Symi, it is reported.

Earlier this week, drones were used as part of the search and rescue mission on one of Greece's Dodecanese Islands. Mosley, recognised for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, as well as his documentary work, was holidaying with his wife Clare at the time.

The search subsequently shifted to a network of caves known locally as The Abyss, where it is believed a body was found by search staff this morning (Sunday, June 9) nearby, reportedly with an umbrella, reports the Mirror. Formal identification of the remains has yet to take place.

Local police released a statement, translated from Greek, stating they were informed about the "disappearance of the 67-year-old British national on the island" on Wednesday.

An "investigation" was launched to locate him and a search is being "conducted by the Fire Brigade with the assistance of forces of the Hellenic Police, Civil Protection (a local and regional coordination agency), volunteers and a police dog, while technical means such as drones are also used to locate the missing person".

Fire services reported that they were requested by officers on Thursday around 11.15am to assist in the search. Six firefighters, a vehicle and a drone team were dispatched from the nearby island of Rhodes to assist, arriving in Symi around 2pm.

His agent confirmed his disappearance to the PA news agency.

A local Facebook group reported that Mosley set off for a stroll from Saint Nikolas Beach around 1.30pm Greek time on Wednesday and had not been seen since by Thursday morning. The Foreign Office has confirmed their involvement, with a spokesperson stating: "We are supporting the family of a British man who is missing in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities."

Mosley, a columnist for the Daily Mail, is well-known for his documentaries focusing on diet and exercise. He presented the Channel 4 programme Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat?

and appeared in the BBC series Trust Me, I'm A Doctor.

Saleyha Ahsan, who also starred in Trust Me I'm A Doctor, expressed her concern on social media, describing the situation as "shocking" and sharing her hopes for Mosley's safe return. "I literally feel sick with worry," she said, adding, "Don't even know what to say."

His adventurous spirit was evident when he lived with tapeworms inside him for six weeks for the BBC Four documentary Infested.

Living With Parasites. Mosley's work on the Emmy-nominated BBC science documentary The Human Face, which featured John Cleese as presenter and included appearances by Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan, and Sir David Attenborough, has also been acclaimed.

Mosley is an advocate for intermittent fasting, promoting the 5:2 diet and The Fast 800 diet. He shares four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, who is also a doctor, author, and health columnist, known for writing the recipe book Fast 800 Easy.

The couple, known for their joint theatre show tours, were recently spotted at the Hay Festival. Mosley was there to present a special edition of his popular Radio 4 series and podcast Just One Thing.