Michael Mosley: Missing food expert's children join search as new CCTV released

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Dr Michael Mosley's children have joined the search for their father, who has gone missing on the Greek island of Symi. The BBC presenter, 67, was holidaying with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey, when he disappeared during a hike.

His wife raised the alarm on Wednesday after he failed to return six hours after setting off, prompting Greek authorities to launch a major search operation the following morning.

The search efforts escalated on Thursday when a local Facebook group appealed for potential witnesses. Since then, the operation has rapidly expanded, with multiple emergency organisations joining forces and deploying drones and dogs alongside volunteers.

Yesterday, Dr Mosley's adult children - Alexander, Jack and Katherine - were searching the route their father is believed to have taken before he disappeared. This comes as CCTV footage shows him after the coastal walk that many feared could have put him in danger.

Dr Mosley set out from St Nickolas beach on the Aegean island of Symi on Wednesday afternoon at around 1.30pm, intending to walk along the coast to the village of Pedi - a journey said to take approximately 20 minutes, reports the Mirror.

Some have voiced concerns about the perilous nature of the hike, prompting search and rescue teams to concentrate a significant part of their efforts on that particular trail. Yet, recent CCTV footage has surfaced showing the ITV This Morning presenter seemingly unharmed and wandering around his intended destination at the time he was expected to arrive.

An exclusive clip obtained by The Mirror shows Dr Mosley using an umbrella for sun protection at 1.52pm outside the Blue Corner Cafe on Pedi beach. He appears to be uninjured in the footage.

This development follows comments from the island's mayor, Papakalodoukas Lefterios, who informed The Mirror that the search has now narrowed to a two-kilometre area between Pedi and Gialos, with sea searches being called off. He remarked: "They have not yet found anything - it is a mystery this disappearance. The police of Simi, the Coast Guard and forces from Athens, including police and criminal investigators, are working non-stop and will be working non-stop till they find any clue."

"I very much doubt there is a criminal aspect in this case. At least as far the local community is concerned. I very much doubt that any of the inhabitants of the island has acted in that way."