Body found in search for missing Dutch hiker who vanished on scorching Greek island of Samos

The hiker was reported missing by his wife, sparking a search on the island

Barney Davis
Saturday 15 June 2024 16:17 BST
Hellenic Rescue Team of Samos head to the grim find
Hellenic Rescue Team of Samos head to the grim find (Hellenic Rescue Team of Samos )

Rescuers looking for a Dutch hiker who vanished from a solo walk on the scorching Greek island of Samos six days ago have found a body.

The 74-year-old, who lived on Samos, disappeared from the area of Marathokampos in the south west of the island.

His wife reported him missing on Sunday afternoon.

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A body was recovered on Saturday morning after being spotted by fire and rescue drone operators, according to news website Greek Reporter.

A warning about extremely high temperatures has been issued to tourists visiting Greece.

Searchers head to the spot to find the man’s body
Searchers head to the spot to find the man’s body ( Hellenic Rescue Team of Samos)

According to local media, a man’s body was found in ​​Limniona, 300m away from a cave where the 74-year-old was last seen.

The body is yet to be formally identified, according to a local outlet.

Samos is an island of 30,000 people in the eastern Aegean.

Greek officials continue to search for two American tourists who went missing among the country’s coastal islands.

One man was last seen Tuesday in a tavern in Mathraki, a small island near the larger Greek island of Corfu. He was seen in the company of two female tourists, Greek news outlet eKathimerini was told.

An American is missing on Corfu
An American is missing on Corfu (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Another American, former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Calibet, 59, did not return from a hike on the island of Amorgos on Tuesday.

Local officials say it is unlikely Mr Calibet became lost.

“It’s unlikely he got lost as he has been coming here for 10 years and has walked all over Amorgos,” Popi Despotidi, the island’s deputy mayor of tourism, told CNN.

On Sunday, the well-known British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found dead following a four-day search operation on the Greek island of Symi after taking a walk alone in searing heat.

Greek authorities are still searching for two French tourists reported missing on the island of Sikinos on Friday.

The women, aged 73 and 64, were staying at different hotels, but are believed to have known each other.

Sikinos, a relatively secluded island in the Cyclades situated between Ios and Folegandros, has a population of just 386 people.

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