Dr Michael Mosley’s disappearance ‘cut and paste’ case to man lacking for 5 years | EUROtoday

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Dr Michael Mosley’s disappearance on a Greek island is a “cut and paste” of the case of a British man who went lacking 5 years in the past, the latter’s household have stated.

The 67-year-old well being and wellness skilled went lacking on Wednesday after taking a coastal stroll in searing warmth on the Dodecanese island of Symi. A serious search operation was launched and a physique discovered close to the shoreline on Sunday, officers stated.

Broadcaster Dr Michael Mosley was best known for popularising the 5:2 diet
Broadcaster Dr Michael Mosley was greatest recognized for popularising the 5:2 weight-reduction plan (Getty Images)

Prior to the invention of a physique, it emerged that the case bore eerie similarities to that of John Tossell, a 78-year-old man from Bridgend, south Wales, who went lacking on the Greek island of Zakynthos 5 years in the past this month.

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On the third day of a vacation along with his accomplice Gillian, Mr Tossell had determined to stroll to go to a monastery on Mount Skopos. But he did not return and was final seen on CCTV passing a lodge and leaving the city within the course of Vassilikos.

Despite Mr Tossell’s household crowdfunding £7,000 with the intention to carry within the Western Beacons Mountain Rescue staff – after Greek authorities referred to as off their very own search after simply 5 days – his disappearance nonetheless stays a thriller.

“When I read the story it’s like a cut and paste of my father,” Mr Tossell’s son Gary instructed Sky News on Saturday, previous to the invention of a physique believed to be that of Dr Mosley.

“He went for a walk and he vanished into thin air. As a family, we got together and said this is surreal. It’s the same story but a different person.”

A team of seven volunteers search in exhausting heat for Dr Michael Mosley
A staff of seven volunteers search in exhausting warmth for Dr Michael Mosley (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

“I wish nothing but love to the Mosley family as I know exactly what they’re going through and it must be awful for them out there at the minute,” he added.

However, Mr Tossell’s household suspect there was “foul play” concerned in his disappearance, with Gary warning that “human beings don’t just vanish”.

Describing the Greek seek for this father, he stated: “They knocked it on the head at 11pm and the next day they just went out walking, it was like a walk in the park for them. There was no intensity to their efforts.

“They said that there was a team coming from Athens with dogs and specialists but for some reason that got turned off at the last minute. Five days later they stopped searching entirely. Five days only. They said he must have left the island but when he left the hotel he had €10 and a bottle of water – you can’t get far with that.”

“We all think as a family that foul play must have been involved,” he added. “Whether it’s a mugging gone wrong or a car accident and he’s been removed. Human beings don’t just vanish.”

Michael Mosley went missing in Pedi, a small fishing village in Symi, Greece
Michael Mosley went lacking in Pedi, a small fishing village in Symi, Greece (Yui Mok/PA)

In Dr Mosley’s case, the mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, had insisted there may be “no chance” the search can be referred to as off till he was discovered. His physique is reported to have been noticed from a ship which was utilizing a digicam to look the shoreline.

The mayor of twenty-two years had questioned how anybody might survive within the warmth that topped 40C on the day Dr Mosley disappeared. A search canine was solely in a position to work for an hour on Saturday morning as a result of temperature, because the search resumed, he added.

Mosley’s 4 kids had arrived on Symi and had been serving to with the search involving police, firefighters with drones, and divers. His spouse, Dr Claire Bailey, and mates had additionally been looking out the island.

CCTV confirmed Dr Mosley had arrived safely within the fishing village of Pedi, some 20 minutes from the place he first set off. But he’s then believed to have taken a harder hilly route in extreme warmth, with out his cell phone.

The mayor stated the realm the place Mosley is believed to have travelled by means of is “difficult to pass” and is “only rocks”, and can be populated by “loads” of snakes.

Mr Papakalodoukas has careworn that he doubts foul play is concerned in Dr Mosley’s disappearance, saying: “We have zero crime on our island. We are a small community and we are all upset.”

The BBC quoted the mayor on Sunday as saying: “During our search, as we approached a cave next to the Agia Marina beach, we were shooting along the coastline with cameras. We saw an object next to a fence on the beach and when we zoomed in, we realised it was Michael Mosley’s body.

“He probably fell from a short cliff of around 10 metres high.” While formal identification was nonetheless pending, deputy mayor Nikitas Grillis stated: “It is certainly him.”

Additional reporting by PA