Search Called Off for Retired Cop Who Went Missing in Greece

The brother of Albert Calibet, who went missing during a hike, suggests that "foul play" had to do with his disappearance

<p>Municipality of Amorgos</p> Albert Calibet

Municipality of Amorgos

Albert Calibet

The search for retired police officer Albert Calibet has seemingly come to an end, roughly three weeks after he went missing during a heat wave in Greece.

On Monday, June 1, Calibet’s brother, Oliver, posted an update to the GoFundMe page created to aid in funding the search for the missing person. "It is with heavy heart that I announce the conclusion of our search for our beloved Albert," Oliver wrote. "Despite our relentless efforts and determination, Albert remains missing."

Calibet, 59, was reported missing on June 11 after he did not return from a hike on the island of Amorgos that he embarked on earlier that day. He had been traveling "to Amorgos almost every year" for the last 10 years, Amorgos’ deputy mayor of tourism, Popi Despotidi, told CNN.

A friend who was vacationing with Calibet at the time of his disappearance told authorities that the ex-cop left for the hike to Katapola Amorgos around 7 a.m. local time, according to the outlet. He contacted local authorities when he was unable to reach Calibet.

<p>Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images</p> The island of Amorgos

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The island of Amorgos

In Oliver’s statement, he suggests that "foul play" had to do with his brother’s absence as they "found zero evidence of Albert anywhere on the island." He also alleged that the family has "encountered numerous obstacles and roadblocks" with the Greek authorities and received "little assistance" from the U.S. Embassy.

"As a result, we have left the island fearing for our own health and safety; endless hiking of the island was taking a huge toll on our bodies. At this time, I am uncertain of our next steps," Oliver continued.

He added that Greek officials should “create a cohesive process and procedure” for missing persons cases, as they occur commonly in the country. The brother further suggested that the law should allow cellphone tower data to be accessed in similar cases.

He concluded by noting that he is staying nearby in Europe in case new information is shared.

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Last month, family friend Robin Wynston Lynn told CW-affiliate KTLA that the island has "few resources" to aid in the search, particularly where Calibet is believed to have gone missing.

Calibet’s sister-in-law, Sandrine Cutright, also gave insight into the rescue mission, stating that the rescue teams had to pause their search each night due to the terrain.

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Calibet joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in April 1998 and formally retired two decades later, in 2018, according to CBS affiliate KCBS-TV. However, the department said he still worked part-time shifts to help with staffing shortages.

His disappearance came two days after British television doctor Michael Mosley’s body was found on the island of Symi in Greece.

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