Everything we know about Dr Michael Mosley's disappearance so far as search continues

CCTV of a man believed to be missing TV doctor Michael Mosley
-Credit: (Image: BBC)


The hunt for the missing TV doctor, Michael Mosley, is now in its fourth day. The 67 year old broadcaster, journalist and author was last seen on a coastal path while holidaying with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey, on the Greek island of Symi on Wednesday afternoon.

Dr Mosley vanished after he didn't return from a walk and he doesn't have his mobile phone with him. Here's what we know so far about his disappearance.

Where did Michael Mosley go missing?

Dr Mosley and his wife are staying in the Pedi area of Symi, an island in the Dodecanese group located about 25 miles north of Rhodes. On Wednesday afternoon, the couple were at Agios Nikolaos beach with another pair when Dr Mosley decided to take a solo walk to the island's centre, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The walk should have taken approximately 20 minutes, but six hours later, Dr Mosley hadn't returned home, leading his wife to sound the alarm. He had left his phone behind, though it's unclear whether he left it at the beach or in their accommodation.

CCTV last captured Dr Mosley on the main road of Pedi town around 1.50pm on Wednesday, roughly 20 minutes after he is thought to have embarked on a coastal hike. There has been speculation that he may have fainted or fallen off a cliff during his walk.

Timeline of events

On Friday afternoon, Symi's deputy mayor, Ilias Chaskas, confirmed that 'divers are looking in the water', and the local coast guard have joined the rescue efforts.

The hunt for the missing Dr Mosley has seen a significant emergency response. Initially concentrated around the coastal path where he was last spotted, efforts have broadened to encompass more areas of the island.

Search team in Symi, Greece, where a search and rescue operation is under way for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley
Search team in Symi, Greece, where a search and rescue operation is under way for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley -Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire

Search teams comprise police officers with a sniffer dog, coastguard personnel, firefighters, and community volunteers. They're also deploying a drone, and Greek authorities have dispatched a helicopter from Athens to aid in the search, as per a senior source quoted by the Daily Mail: "We have also applied to the civil protection ministry in Athens for a helicopter and special dogs to be brought in."

"We are focusing on the area of the path we believe Michael would have taken from the beach in Agios Nikolaos to Pedi but as so much time has elapsed since he went missing we have also expanded our search to other parts of the island."

What's the latest from the officials?

According to senior police spokesperson Constantina Dimoglidou in a statement to the Daily Mail: "Any and every attempt to track him down has not produced any result. We have now asked the fire brigade to assist in the operation in the case that he may have slipped, tripped, fallen, even bitten by a snake, remaining injured somewhere."

"There is just no trace of him. None whatsoever and that means that for us at least, every potential scenario is open and being investigated."

These were the words of Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, the mayor of Symi, as he shared details about the mysterious disappearance of a doctor on the island. A woman reportedly saw the doctor on the road in Pedi shortly after he vanished.

"He came back from the beach, some people saw him but then his tracks were lost," the mayor explained. However, he also revealed that rescue teams had informed him it was 'impossible for Dr Mosley to still be in the Pedi area of the island because it's a 'very small, controlled area, full of people,' according to BBC reports.

"So if something happened to him there, we would have found him by now."

Mr Papakalodoukas stated. He further speculated that it was likely Dr Mosley either 'followed another path' or had fallen into the sea.

On the day Dr Mosley went missing, the Hellenic National Meteorological Service had issued an excessive heat warning. Temperatures soared to 36 C, with Mr Papakalodoukas describing the heat on the island as 'unbearable' to a local Greek newspaper, as reported by The Telegraph.

The Mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas
The Mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas -Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire

He suggested that 'one could easily faint in such conditions', adding that the doctor may have taken 'shortcuts'. On Saturday morning, a firefighter revealed that there were 10 of his colleagues searching multiple summits, as it was too dangerous for large crews to work during the summer months.

Stergos Giakoumakis, from near one of the peaks, expressed concern about the search efforts: "Because it's not so easy to bring here 100 people, especially this period, because it's the most dangerous period. Everything is dry and it is too dangerous for firemen to search."

The Foreign Office has also commented on the ongoing search. A spokesperson stated: "We are supporting the family of a British man who is missing in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities."

Family statement

In a heartfelt statement released on Saturday afternoon, Michael Mosley's wife, Dr Clare Bailey Mosley, shared her distress: "It has been three days since Michael left the beach to go for a walk. The longest and most unbearable days for myself and my children."

She continued to express gratitude and hope: "The search is ongoing and our family are so incredibly grateful to the people of Symi, the Greek authorities and the British Consulate who are working tirelessly to help find Michael."

"We will not lose hope."