New theory in Dr Michael Mosley disappearance as rescuers were searching 'wrong spot'

Dr Michael Mosley has been missing since Wednesday
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The mayor of the Greek island where Dr Michael Mosley disappeared has revealed rescue teams are focussing their search on a 7km stretch after admitting they had been in the 'wrong spot' yesterday. Mayor of Symi Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas has promised to continue the search until the TV doctor is found.

He said a new theory behind his disappearance was that the star could have got lost. Papakaloudoukas told The Sun: "He could have been walking for an hour. The search is covering a 7km stretch."

He said that the area was difficult to walk in as it is very rocky, and added: "He wouldn’t have known where he was going. He could have got lost."

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The search is now centred around Agia Marina which is 3km from Pedi and accessible only by foot or water taxi. Authorities fear that the father of four, whose children have flown to the Greek island and have reportedly joined the search for their father, could have made a "wrong turn".

The search has now turned to a mountainous area surrounded by sea known locally as 'The Abyss'. According to reports, Dr Mosley was said to have been feeling unwell before he went for a stroll on the island.

CCTV appears to show the doctor walking with an umbrella near to the marina in the village of Pedi in Symi, and towards a mountainous path. The island’s mayor, Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, earlier said: “We know he came through Pedi and then walked towards Agia Marina. It is about two miles and a harder walk than from St Nikolas.

"If he did try and walk that way to Symi, then that is a big mistake. There are also many troubling questions here. Why did he leave the beach and his wife and friends? Why did he not take his telephone? From the CCTV footage, it’s also clear he didn’t stop for a drink in Pedi or take a rest. He seemed to be walking very determinedly. Surely it would have been better to stop and have a coffee or some water but, no, he decided to carry on.”

A thermal-imaging helicopter has been called to join in the search. Dr Mosley had been staying with his wife Dr Clare Bailey on the small island, which is just 25 miles square. He went missing on Wednesday afternoon.