Family help in search for Arthur

Published date: 02 July 2014 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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A DENBIGH family remain hopeful of finding their father who has been missing in Crete since last week.

Arthur Jones, aged 73, of Lenton Pool, was holidaying alone in Chania, Crete, and was last seen on Thursday, June 19.

Family members and friends from Denbigh have gone to Crete to help with the search.

There have been efforts in the town to raise awareness and funds to send more volunteers out to the Greek island to help.

After failing to board his return flight on Tuesday, June 24, Arthur was reported missing and a search has been launched by Greek authorities.

Arthur’s son, Jeff Jones, said: “My father is a keen walker and was believed to be hiking in the hills of Chania the day he went missing.

“He normally goes on these sorts of holidays alone about two or three times a year, and we are asking that anybody who remembers seeing him during this time to contact the authorities immediately.”

He added that six members of Arthur’s family and two friends who were experienced hiking companions of Arthur travelled to Crete last week.

“We are 99 per cent sure that he hasn’t gone into the mountains or hills but that he went for a sort walk to acclimatise as we know he was planning on going to the White mountains over the weekend.

“Since we have been here we are doing everything to stay positive.
“Your mind changes from hour to hour about what could have happened to him but the coverage here has been amazing in the televsion, papers and radio, people know all about it.”

He added: “The whole thing is just getting bigger and bigger. The governor of the island made a live plea on television on Monday night for help.

“With these cases you are always going to get sightings but when they follow up on it it turns out that it wasn’t a real sighting.”

The retired scaffolder, who also worked with the British Army Cadets until last year, was staying in the Paradakalis apartments and a hotel rep has stated that he had not used his room since last Thursday.

Mr Jones said: “Sometimes he does just use his room as a base if he finds a good route, and it is not unusual for him to stay in a hostel or camp out for the night if he finds a good route, but not making his flight home or being in-touch with us is very unusual.”

Anyone that has been on holiday in the area recently and remembers seeing Arthur is urged to contact the Police on 101, or the Missing Abroad Operations Team on 02070 475060.


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