THE search for missing Vale of Clwyd pensioner Arthur Jones continues in Crete after the narrowing down of the search area yielded no new clues.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Evans, of North Wales Police, flew to the Mediterranean island to help with the search alongside Phil Benbow, chairman of North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, who is an expert is search management.
The large area behind the hotel in which Mr Jones was staying was searched again on foot with the assistance of Mr Benbow and Greek police.
“The search focused on an area that’s quite agricultural with a lot of trees and grass,” said DCI Evans yesterday.
“We weren’t there because we don’t have faith in the Greek police.
“We were there because of the unique relationship we have with North Wales Mountain Rescue Association and their expertise in this type of search.”
The search provided no further lines of inquiry and the North Wales officers arrived home on Sunday.
“It’s a very difficult investigation because of lack of information about where he went,” added DCI Evans.
“The next step from a police perspective is in supporting the family in terms of any queries, but the primacy of the investigation rests with the Greek police.
“We really appreciate the efforts of the community in raising awareness of the continued search for Arthur,” he added.
Supporters gathered at Denbigh Castle to raise awareness of the search for Arthur on Monday and to unveil a ‘Find Arthur’ banner.
The local community has rallied together to help raise funds for the travel costs of the family in searching for the missing pensioner.
Arthur’s son, Jeff Jones, said: "Everyone in Denbigh has been fantastic and they're organising a fun date in a couple of weeks for the kids.
“I know that a lot of kids have been doing stuff off their own back.
“I even saw where one kid was selling his toys out on the street.
“It is very humbling how popular he is about town.
“It is very emotional.
“There are people from Denbigh still out in Crete at the moment and (there are) more going out next weekend."
Arthur, 73, began his holiday on Crete on June 17, but he has made no contact with his family and friends since June 18.
The keen walker is a former soldier and he is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, of medium build with short grey hair and a grey moustache.