Missing Dr Michael Mosley 'left phone behind' and 'no trace of him' in Greece

BBC presenter Michael Mosley "left his phone behind" before vanishing in Greece. The ITV, Channel 4 and BBC doctor went missing after going on a coastal walk on the Greek island of Symi this week, while on a holiday with his beloved wife.

Constantina Dimoglidou, senior spokesperson for the Greek police, said: "He was at the beach of Ag. Nikolas with another couple when he decided to go back to his home in the area of Pedi of Symi. It was around 1.30pm and he forgot his phone at the beach.

"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.

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"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." Locals have reported that it is "pretty difficult" to get lost on the island nowadays, "even in the most remote areas" where they fear he may have headed.

Greek police told the Guardian a helicopter and specially trained dogs were due to join what has become a massive search for Mosley on the remote Aegean isle. “We’ve got every service possible out there looking for him,” said a police chief overseeing the operation who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He was officially reported missing this morning and now there are police, firemen and volunteers involved in the search.”

A drone was also being used and the Hellenic coast guard has been instructed to patrol the island’s rugged coast. “We are working on the assumption that he might have been affected by the heat, that he might have slipped and fallen perhaps from a height. Right now nothing is being ruled out.”