Body found in search for missing TV doctor

UK

A body has been found in the search for TV doctor Michael Mosley, who went missing on a Greek island, police and the deputy mayor of Symi have confirmed.

The body was found in a cave on Symi, the deputy mayor said.

Separately, a police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending.

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Body found at ‘inaccessible’ location

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The cave complex on Symi. Pic: Mihalis Tsavaris


An appeal had been shared in a local Facebook group after the dad-of-four went missing on Wednesday afternoon.

The presenter had reportedly set off on a walk from Saint Nikolas Beach at about 1.30pm local time but failed to return home.

He was then captured on several CCTV cameras walking through the town of Pedi, around 1.2km away, and then near a yacht club in Marina Symi, further round the island. This was the last known sighting of him.

His wife raised the alarm on Wednesday evening after he failed to return home.

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Dr Michael Mosley with wife Clare. Pic: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

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Rescue teams had been working on the assumption he may have mistakenly headed towards the hills behind the marina.

His body was found in cave complex close to the Agia Marina, known to locals as “The Abyss,” according to The Sun newspaper.

They also said he was found with an umbrella.

The doctor’s agent confirmed he was missing to the PA news agency on Thursday.

Michael Mosley’s career

Mosley is known for appearing on television programmes like This Morning and The One Show.

He was one of the presenters of the series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor on the BBC – and also hosted its Just One Thing health podcast.

He also lived with tapeworms in his gut for six weeks for the documentary Infested! Living With Parasites on BBC Four.

Mosley is also credited for the rising popularity of the 5:2 diet for losing weight, which involves fasting for two days per week.

He was a columnist for the Daily Mail and has made a number of films about diet and exercise.

More recently, he presented two series for Channel 4, Secrets Of Your Big Shop and Who Made Britain Fat?

His programmes have received nominations for RTS and Emmy awards, and he has previously been named “medical journalist of the year” by the British Medical Association.

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