Holidaymakers urged to check snaps to help in search for missing Arthur Jones

Published date: 09 July 2014 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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The recent vigil for missing Denbigh man Arthur Jones 

PEOPLE who have been to Crete recently have been called on to play their part in the search for missing Denbigh man Arthur Jones.

Mr Jones’ son, Jeff, said people who had holidayed on the island recently could provide key to finding his father.

He said: “There is nothing new to report at the moment, there have been some reports of sightings but nothing concrete.

“What we are doing, though, is calling on people to check their photographs from their holidays in Crete to see if there is anything there.

“As well as that, if anyone used the buses to get around the island, do they remember sitting next to a British tourist?”

Members of Arthur’s family and friends are in Crete to help with the search.

They have also been joined by police from North Wales.

North Wales police officers and a mountain rescue specialist have travelled to Crete to assist Greek authorities in their efforts to locate Arthur.

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 flew to Crete on Sunday where they met 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 travelled 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 5 feet 6 inches tall, 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. 

A North Wales man who now lives in Crete has spoken of the difficult task facing those searching for the missing pensioner.

Former probation officer John McKenna and his wife Leonie moved to live in Crete from Prestatyn last year and are renovating a property near Plakia.

He said that ex-pats were well aware of the search for Arthur, with an entry on the “Brits in Crete” Facebook site.

John, a keen runner, said: “There are lots of walking groups here with very knowledgeable people who could be useful.

“Like me, most suspect that he has gone into the White Mountains which are extensive and twice the height of Snowdon.”

Only last week, Mr McKenna went running in the foothills with a friend.

“The tracks are well-used by walkers and hikers and it is possible to traverse the island on the European E2 walking route over the mountains,” he said. “There are also plenty of farmers and shepherds who travel on the remotest of trails.”

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