NORTH Wales police officers and a mountain rescue specialist have traveled to Crete to assist Greek authorities in their efforts to locate 73-year-old Arthur Jones, of Denbigh, who is missing on the island.
Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “We are pleased to be able to provide support to the Greek authorities and will be sending officers who have vast experience in dealing with missing person inquiries and searches. They will fly to Crete on Sunday where they will meet up with representatives from the Consulate, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Head of the Chania Police
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Evans of St Asaph CID has gone to Crete, along with missing person co-ordinator Mark Owen accompanied by Phil Benbow of the North Wales Mountain Rescue association.
Police said Mr Jones’ family are aware of these developments and are very grateful that the authorities are working in tandem to maximise the opportunities to locate him.
The 73-year-old began his holiday on Crete on June 17 but has made no contact with his family and friends since June 18.
The keen walker is a former soldier and described as 5ft 6’, of medium build with short grey hair and a grey moustache. Appeals for information and to his whereabouts have and continue to be made.
Earlier this week, a further appeal from North Wales Police was made to anyone who may have seen Arthur while on holiday or had travelled to the island between June 17 and 24. The appeal also extended to those who were planning on visiting the island.
North Wales Police said officers are continuing to support Arthur’s family and share information between his family and authorities in Crete.
Since his disappearance a number of inquiries have also been made by local officers to assist which include inquiries into his travel arrangements, financial inquiries and mobile phone activity.