Police dog trained to find humans joins search for Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley was last seen in the Pedi area on Wednesday
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Sniffer dogs have joined the search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley, including one who has been specially trained to locate humans in remote areas. The search for Mr Mosley is now in its third day, with Greek police confirming that they were notified about the "disappearance of the 67-year-old British national on the island" on Wednesday.

On Friday, the mayor's office confirmed that locals, a helicopter from Rhodes and Greek officers, along with police drafted in from outside the island, are scanning the Pedi area and its surroundings. Divers have also joined the search, along with a six-year-old Alsatian named Scar, who arrived on the Greek island of Symi by ferry on Friday morning, reports the Mirror.

Scar has been specially trained to locate humans in remote areas. An officer who accompanied him said: "I will speak to the police on the island and they will tell us where to search. Scar will find a scent. He can find someone whether they're alive or dead."

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The duo will join a search party of over 25 people, which includes officials from neighbouring Rhodes as well as locals from Symi. The security officer leading the search and rescue operations in the southern Aegean emphasised that using the dog will be "crucial" during the search. They told The Sun: "We'll retrace his footsteps, we'll scour the entire area. The arrival of the dog, trained by police for exactly this kind of situation, is crucial." The Mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, has expressed doubts about the presence of a missing person in the area, telling the BBC: "It is a very small, controlled area, full of people. So, if something happened to him there, we would have found him by now."

Meanwhile, search efforts continue for the doctor last seen walking in the Pedi region of the island, with emergency services combing the area after a sighting was reported by a local resident. A local Facebook page has detailed that Mosley embarked on a walk from Saint Nikolas Beach around 1.30pm Greek time on Wednesday, sparking concerns when he did not return.

The search for missing doctor Michael Mosley has entered its third day
Dr Michael Mosley seen here in the TV programme The Diagnosis Detectives -Credit:BBC/Dragonfly TV

Confusion surrounds the disappearance, as a friend of the individual hosting Mosley remarked on the unlikelihood of getting lost in the area during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live's Drive programme. "It's a road that sort of heads over the mountain side but it's been recently widened and there is only one route, so it's not possible to lose your way."

She further commented on the terrain, noting its popularity with tourists and relative safety. "So, it is probably a 20-minute walk down the side of the mountain, but it's not overly rugged or something that would be seen to be too dangerous, it's something that tourists do every day in the summer. I'm having trouble understanding how you could get lost."