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Inside the search for Dr Michael Mosley: Everything we know so far about the Mail health guru’s Greek holiday island disappearance


What happened to Mail columnist and TV personality Dr. Michael Mosley?

The 67-year-old health guru has not been seen since Wednesday after spending the morning on an idyllic beach with his wife Dr Clare Bailey, 62.

Known for his popular 5:2 diet and appearances on the One Show and This Morning, his quest has been described as a «race against time».

Search teams with dogs and drones fanned out across the Greek island of Symi, a pristine paradise in the Dodecanese Islands off the coast of Rhodes.

But so far no trace of father-of-four Dr Mosley has been found and with temperatures reaching 35C under the blazing sun, fears are now growing for his safety.

Dr Michael Mosley, pictured with wife Dr Clare Bailey, went missing on Wednesday 5 June

CCTV appeared to show the veteran producer and journalist in Pedi that afternoon

CCTV appeared to show the veteran producer and journalist in Pedi that afternoon

Shortly before 2pm, Dr Mosley appeared to walk north from the village before disappearing

Shortly before 2pm, Dr Mosley appeared to walk north from the village before disappearing

Dr Mosley (pictured) and his wife landed on the 25 square mile island on Tuesday and were due to stay for a week with the couple, who have a house in the town of Symi.

Dr Mosley (pictured) and his wife landed on the 25 square mile island on Tuesday and were due to stay for a week with the couple, who have a house in the town of Symi.

Nick Pisa on the way Michael Mosely was returning to Pedi Beach

Nick Pisa on the way Michael Mosely was returning to Pedi Beach

British volunteers and possible friends of the family walk along the path towards Agua Marina

British volunteers and possible friends of the family walk along the path towards Agua Marina

MailOnline can reveal that Dr Mosley and his wife arrived in Symi a week ago and were staying with friends who own a house near the island’s main harbour.

Known as The Merchant’s House, it’s a lovely three-bedroom, pastel-coloured property on the outskirts of town, owned by an architect and his lawyer.

The house is popular with painters and the review says: “Merchant House is a beautifully restored private house situated on a hillside above the capital.

«With a terraced garden and sea views from the rooftops, Merchant House offers a peaceful haven for artists.»

They are close friends of Dr Mosley and his wife and are known to regularly holiday together in Symi.

On Wednesday, the four of them took a water taxi from Symi to St. Nicholas, where they spent the morning sunbathing on a secluded pebble beach.

At around 1:30 p.m., Dr. Mosley packed his backpack after his swim and told his wife and friends that he was going to walk back to Symi.

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The route is about five miles and not particularly difficult – and he is caught on CCTV entering the fishing village of Pedi about 15 minutes later.

He is seen walking around in a blue polo shirt, baseball cap and shorts, carrying a distinctive purple parasol to protect himself from the heat.

Police were able to follow his route as he walked past the Kamares Cafe, past the Katsaras Restaurant and on towards the Blue Corner Cafe.

He was last seen passing a private house belonging to a local man and heading down a path that ends in Agia Marina, about 3 miles away.

But the trail is cold here, and since Friday, when his route was confirmed, search teams have been combing the rocky peninsula for him.

There are concerns that he may have become disoriented in the heat and wandered off the trail, although that seems unlikely as it is clearly marked.

Dr.  Michael Mosley (right) pictured with his wife Dr.  Clare Bailey

Dr. Michael Mosley (right) pictured with his wife Dr. Clare Bailey

Rescue teams (pictured here with volunteers) continue to search the area for clues (June 8)

Rescue teams (pictured here with volunteers) continue to search the area for clues (June 8)

Authorities are using dogs and drones to expand the search for missing Dr. Mosley

Authorities are using dogs and drones to expand the search for missing Dr. Mosley

Authorities now believe Dr Mosley was following the route towards Agia Marina, north of Pedi

Authorities now believe Dr Mosley was following the route towards Agia Marina, north of Pedi

Agia Marina near Pedi, where police believe he may have been headed

Agia Marina near Pedi, where police believe he may have been headed

General view of Agia Marina, at the end of the treacherous path

General view of Agia Marina, at the end of the treacherous path

However, hot weather and rough terrain make exploring the island, 25 miles from Rhodes, difficult

However, hot weather and rough terrain make exploring the island, 25 miles from Rhodes, difficult

Firefighters from the Ikaros team participate in the search on June 7

Firefighters from the Ikaros team participate in the search on June 7

On Saturday, about a dozen Britons, believed to be friends of Dr Mosley’s children, joined the rescue team with the drone.

They ran along the route from Pedi to Agia Marina, accompanied by Greek search teams, but when approached, refused to discuss who exactly they were.

«Please don’t talk to us,» said one woman as the group headed to a shepherd’s hut on the way to a picturesque bay in Agia Marina.

There is a path down to Symi from Agia Marina, but it is not signposted and the guides warn that it is «technically difficult» and it is easy to stumble and get lost.

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He adds that the unforgiving limestone terrain is «desert mountain terrain with much of the road ‘rocky to very rocky underfoot’.»

MailOnline went through part of it, and while it’s doable, it would certainly be hard work under the blazing sun during the hottest part of the day.

One member of the search contacted by MailOnline said: ‘We have footage of him walking this way from the last house in Pedi, but you can’t see the umbrella he was carrying.

«This is a difficult walk at the best of times and should not be done between 11am and 5pm and we think he was here during the hottest part of the day at 2pm.»

At Agia Marina – a purpose-built beach with stunning views of the small island and the Turkish coast on the horizon – staff told MailOnline they were asked to check their CCTV.

A staff member said: “I’m pretty sure I’d remember a man with an umbrella, but nobody came dressed like that.

“The owner is out with the police looking for Symi from there. It’s a climb to the top of a mountain, then you go down and it goes up again before you hit the road leading into town. It would take about an hour, an hour and a half at most.

«There’s nothing between here and Symi but rocks and more rocks and sheep and goats, it’s all exposed, and I wouldn’t try to walk in that heat.»

Apart from goats and sheep, there is nothing on the peninsula other than a few isolated shacks.

Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, the mayor of Symi, promised to continue the search

Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, the mayor of Symi, promised to continue the search

Firefighters in Pedi continue their operations to find Dr Mosley on June 8

Firefighters in Pedi continue their operations to find Dr Mosley on June 8

Dr Mosley's wife said today they were 'not giving up hope' as his children arrived to join the search

Dr Mosley’s wife said today they were ‘not giving up hope’ as his children arrived to join the search

A view of Pedi, a small fishing village east of the town of Symi, on the island also called Symi

A view of Pedi, a small fishing village east of the town of Symi, on the island also called Symi

Sign for Saint Nicholas Beach.  Dr Mosley left the beach for Pedi on Wednesday

Sign for Saint Nicholas Beach. Dr. Mosley left the beach for Pedi on Wednesday

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Local firefighters were called to help in the search for the missing doctor

Local firefighters were called to help in the search for the missing doctor

Symi mayor Eleftherios Papakalodoukas said: “We know he went through Pedi and then continued towards Agia Marina, it’s about two miles and it’s a harder walk than from St Nicholas.

“But then we don’t know if he got to Agia Marina or if he decided to climb over the mountain, which is about 250 m (815 ft) highest, to head for Symi, but the way is difficult.

“It is only known to a few locals and although it is signposted you can easily get lost and it is not wise to walk it in the middle of the afternoon in temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius.

“If he tried to come through this way to Symi, then it’s a big mistake.

“There are also many troubling questions. Why did he leave the beach and his wife and friends?

«Why didn’t you pick up the phone? It is also clear from the CCTV footage that he did not stop for a drink in Pedi or rest.

“He seemed to be walking very determinedly, surely it would have been better to stop and get some coffee or water, but no, he decided to keep going.

A local restaurant owner, who only wanted to be named as Nikos, said: «It’s very strange what happened: where did he go?

“It’s just a small island and he was wearing light colored clothes. Firefighters, police and the Coast Guard searched for three days and found nothing.

“They had a drone up there and they couldn’t see anything and they also used thermal imaging.

“It’s all very strange, the journey is difficult but it can be done, although I would never do it in the heat.

“One thing I thought was weird is he had an umbrella, I’ve lived with her for 40 years and I’ve never seen a guy with an umbrella walking around Pedi ladies yes but not men.

Another rescuer told MailOnline: ‘We will keep going until we find him; there is no way to call off the search for at least another week. There is always hope.’



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