Body found in Symi search for missing presenter

By Joe Inwood in Symi and Andre Rhoden-Paul in London, bbc news

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A body has been found during a search for radio and television presenter Dr Michael Mosley on the Greek island of Symi.

The 67-year-old man disappeared on Wednesday after going for a walk from Agios Nikolaos beach.

The body, which has not yet been formally identified, was found on a hillside near the Agia Marina beach bar in the early hours of Sunday.

Symi Mayor Eleftherios Papakalodouka said the body was found while teams searched the coast with cameras.

A police source told BBC News that the deceased had been dead “for several days”.

The body was found next to a fence, with an umbrella nearby, about a 30-minute walk from the village of Pedi, where Dr Mosley was last seen.

It has not moved from the place, a few meters from where children play in the water on Agia Marina beach.

BBC reporter indicates area where body was found

Image of Agia Marina beach, near where the body was found.

The body was found meters from people enjoying the Agia Marina beach.

A bar manager who was with journalists found the body, the PA news agency reported, after the island’s mayor “saw something” by the bar’s fence and alerted staff.

Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris said: “They called me and said, ‘You know what, we saw something from afar, can you go check it out?’ So I went there.

“So when I got closer I saw something that looked like a body.”

Rescuers have been searching the area every day with helicopters, he added.

A coroner will be sent to Symi. Police spokeswoman Konstantia Dimoglidou told the BBC that authorities had to rule out any possibility that the death was the result of a criminal act.

“We need to have a first idea of ​​the causes of death and whether it occurred before the person fell to the ground,” Dimoglidou said.

Greek authorities carried out an extensive search for Dr Mosley over five days amid high temperatures.

The effort has included firefighters, dogs, helicopters, drones, local people and officers from Symi and off the island.

On Saturday, BBC News obtained CCTV footage showing one of the last known sightings of a man believed to be Dr Mosley walking with an umbrella next to the marina in the village of Pedi on Wednesday.

His four children had also joined his wife, Dr. Clare Bailey Mosley, on the island.

Map of Symi showing where she disappeared and where an unidentified body was found

Dr Mosley was first reported missing after he left Agios Nikolaos beach to embark on a walk at around 1.30pm local time (11.30am BST).

His wife later reported him missing.

Dr. Mosley studied medicine in London and qualified as a doctor and during the last two She has been working for decades as a presenter, documentary filmmaker, journalist and author.

He is known for his television shows including Trust Me, I’m a Doctor and BBC Radio 4’s Just One Thing podcast.

He regularly has he appeared on BBC One’s The One Show and ITV’s This Morning, and was a columnist for the Daily Mail.

He is known for popularizing the 5:2 and Fast 800 diets, which advocate intermittent fasting and low-carb meals.

Their diets have attracted a lot of attention in the past, both for their methods and their scientific accuracy.

Although he was qualified as a doctor, Mosley was no longer registered as a doctor.

New CCTV appears to show Michael Mosley walking towards rocky hills

Timeline

Wednesday 1.30pm local time (11.30am BST): Dr Michael Mosley leaves his wife Clare on Agios Nikolaos beach and goes for a walk.

1350 – A man with an umbrella is seen on CCTV in Pedi

1357 – The same man is seen again at the Pedi Marina heading northeast.

Thursday 11:15 – The police cannot find the presenter, so they inform Athens and request help from the Greek firefighters.

14:00 – Greek firefighters, with six firefighters and a drone team, arrive in Symi.

1900: A helicopter is deployed to assist in the search.

Friday: Divers join the search in the water around Symi

Saturday 06:00: Firefighters resume search for Dr. Mosley

1400 – His wife Clare says the Mosley family “won’t give up hope” and thanks those involved in the search.

Sunday: Authorities searching for Dr. Mosley find body

Additional information from Nikos Papanikolaou

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