Michael Mosley: Body found in search for missing TV doctor on Greek island of Symi

Doctor Michael Mosley
-Credit: (Image: The Irish Mirror)

A body has been found during the search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley, who went missing on a hiking trail on a Greek island earlier this week

Drones were deployed earlier this week as part of the search and rescue mission as the search turned to a network of caves, known locally as The Abyss.

It is believed a body was found by search staff on Sunday morning nearby. The discovery was made in St Michael’s marina on the Greek island of Symi. There has not been a formal identification of the remains.

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The mayor of Symi has given a major update on the search, stating that Dr Mosley could have fallen around 10 metres (32ft) off a cliff into the sea.

The mayor Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas said: "During our research, and as we were approaching a cave next to the Agia Marina beach, we were shooting along the coastline with cameras. We saw an object next to a fence on the beach and when we zoomed in we realised that it was a body. The person had probably fallen from a short cliff of about 10 metres."

Earlier on Sunday morning, Greek search and rescue teams withdrew their sniffer dog and returned to Athens, reportedly over fears of the impact of the prolonged heat on the animal, Mirror UK reports.

Mosley, known for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, and fronting of documentaries was on holiday with his wife Clare at the time.

A statement from local police, which has been translated, said they were informed about the "disappearance of the 67-year-old British national on the island" on Wednesday.

It opened an "investigation" to find him and a search is being "carried out 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 said they were asked by officers on Thursday at about 11.15am to help the search. Six firefighters, a vehicle and a drone team were sent from the nearby island of Rhodes to help, arriving in Symi at about 2pm. His agent confirmed his disappearance to the PA news agency.

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