Seven Michael Mosley disappearance theories as hunt for This Morning star continues on Greek island

Dr. Michael Mosley
-Credit: (Image: BBC)


Concerns are growing for Dr Michael Mosely, 67, who has now been missing for two days on the Greek island of Symi. It has sparked a massive search operation with holidaymakers and islanders helping. An urgent investigation has been launched by police with several theories being examined.

The search to find the This Morning star Dr Michael Mosley is continuing, but Greek officials have set a deadline due to growing concerns the severe heat may have overcome him.

But this is not the only theory police are examining, with other suggestions including he may have fallen into the sea or even been bitten by a snake.

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Falling from a height

Greek police initially believed that Dr Mosely may have “fallen from a height” after his walk along St Nicholas Beach. The island’s mayor, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas has highlighted the perilous nature of Dr Mosley’s alleged chosen hiking route, which features “very high cliffs” and rocky terrain that represent considerable dangers.

The island of Symi is characterised by its mountainous terrain, with its coastline alternating between rocky cliffs, beaches and isolated coves. Several beaches are only accessible by boat.

Dr Michael Mosley
Dr Michael Mosley -Credit:Getty

Falling into the sea

As such, a similar theory is that Dr Mosely may have fallen into the sea. Mayor Papakalodoukas said that firefighters carrying out the search believe it is “impossible” that Mr Mosely is there and thinks that he either “followed another path” or fell into the sea.

He told BBC News : “It is a very small, controlled area, full of people. So if something happened to him there, we would have found him by now”.

Despite utilising various emergency services including a helicopter and drone, there remains no trace of him.

Fainting in the heat

Mayor Papakalodoukas has also suggested that the doctor could be suffering from dehydration because of the scorching temperatures. Without adequate hydration, his risk of fainting in the challenging terrain would have been considerably higher, the Mayor told reporters.

Dr Mosely undertook his walk at 1.30pm. Temperatures on Wednesday reached 35C as the island is gripped with a heatwave.

Suffered a heart attack

Another early theory was that he suffered a heart attack along the way. A senior police source told the Daily Mail yesterday: “He may have slipped and fallen, perhaps because of a heart attack along the way. Nothing at this stage can be ruled out”.

Bitten by a snake

As nothing can be ruled out, another theory is that Dr Mosley may have been bitten by a snake. While rare, Symi is home to the Ottoman Viper, listed as the most venomous snake in Europe.

While there is not much data about the Ottoman Viper’s venom composition and lethality, similar species have mainly cytotoxic (toxic to cells) and haemotoxic (destroys red blood cells and disrupts clotting) and other minor components. Even if injected with a small amount of venom, it is highly potent and has been known to cause fatalities in adult humans.

Dr Michael Mosley has been missing since Wednesday
Dr Michael Mosley has been missing since Wednesday -Credit:Channel 4

Getting lost

As Dr Mosely did not take his phone with him, there is also the possibility that he got lost. 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.

Senior spokesperson for the Greek Police, Constantina Dimoglidou 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… and he forgot his phone at the beach. Any and every attempt to track him down has not produced any result.”

The trek from Pedi Beach to St Nikolas Beach is typically a brief 20-minute journey, traversing mild terrain, which only adds to the baffling nature of Dr Mosley's vanishing act. A source familiar with the locale told PA: "I'm having trouble understanding how you could get lost."

Not having his phone obviously means there is no possibility of narrowing down his location through GPS tracking.

Injured somewhere

With no phone to call for help, Dr Mosely may remain injured somewhere. A fall from height may result in serious injuries, meaning it would be very difficult for Dr Mosely to move from his current location to one that could be identified.

This morning, a senior Greek official in charge of the search and rescue operations said “no stone” would be left unturned to find the star. They told The Sun : “Since this morning we have had all available forces out there on the island and we have asked to bring in specially trained dogs and even a helicopter from Athens for back up too.

“No stone will be left unturned. Symi is a small island, he can’t just have disappeared.”

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