RETIRED COP, 59, GOES MISSING WHILE ON HIKE ON GREEK ISLAND

  • Retired American cop goes missing while on hike in Greek island of Amorgos
  • Greek authorities have launched a rescue operation
  • Sweltering temperatures in Greece are expected to reach 107 degrees 

A 59-year-old American tourist has been missing since Tuesday after going on a solo hike in the Greek island of Amorgos, just days after British television host and celebrity doctor Michael Mosley was found dead after going out walking in Greece

The unnamed man, who according to Greek news outlet Ekathimerini is a retired police officer, departed from the port settlement of Aegiali in the northwest of the island shortly after 7 am. 

His intended destination was Katapola, the island's main port along the western coast of the island. The trail is estimated to take around four hours. 

After he failed to return after eight hours, he was reported missing by a friend. 

A rescue operation was launched on Tuesday afternoon, and reinforcements were called in from Naxos island. 

According to Ekathimerini, police have requested data from mobile operators to help determine the man's last known location. 

While the missing tourist name has not been revealed, his girlfriend Debbie LeShane. posted on Facebook about his disappearance. 

The social media post said: 'Hello, yo may have seen on the news we are looking for my boyfriend that left for a hike yesterday about 7 am. He was traveling from Aegiali to Katapola. He was seen in Chora. He is still missing. You may see helicopters circling in a few hours plus rescue teams on the ground. If you have seen him please send me a message. Thank you.' 

An X user, formerly Twitter, posted on the social platform about the missing tourist. 

'Saw search helicopter go over a few hours ago searching for this man. Incredibly hot here on Amorgos, and walking trails completely exposed to heat. Madness to be walking.' 

 Deptuty Mayor of Amorgos Calliope Despotidi said: 'Calibet is well-known on the island. He has been visiting for several years, adding that the tourist 'had completed the Aegiali-Ketapola hike several times in the past'.

The American tourist's disappearance comes after British presenter and celebrity doctor Michael Mosey was found dead on Sunday in the Greek island of Symi. He had gone missing four days before when he set off on a walk on his own. 

An autopsy on Monday revealed that the popular TV medic and Mail columnist died of 'natural causes' around two and a half hours after leaving his wife to head for a walk. 

Dr Mosley, 67, was found dead by a fence at the resort of Agia Marina on Sunday morning just 260 feet from a beach bar and safety. 

The initial post-mortem examination carried out by Rhodes coroner Despina Nethena showed that there was no third party involvement and no 'criminal' element involved - but a definite cause of death has yet to be established. 

Police and the coroner are also investigating footage from the restaurant seen by MailOnline which shows Dr Mosley wandering in a confused state for twenty minutes before collapsing last Wednesday.

Temperatures at the time had been nudging 40C and the excessive heat is thought to have played a role in his death.

In the video he appears to pause momentarily by the perimeter wall, resting one hand on it and then he loses his balance and disappears from sight.

Searing heat in Greece has prompted a mini lockdown for two days starting today, with some schools closing and the Acropolis in Athens restricting visiting hours. 

The sweltering temperatures have prompted the Health Ministry to issue a warning to older people or people with illnesses to stay indoors. Greek authorities have also advised anyone who works outdoors to avoid strenuous activity from noon to 5pm. 

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