North East Wales

Family of missing Arthur Jones, 73, fly to Crete in search

Arthur Jones Image copyright Jeffrey Jones
Image caption Arthur Jones sent a postcard to his family saying he was planning a walking trip

Family and friends of a Denbighshire pensioner who has gone missing in Crete have flown out to the Greek island in a bid to find him.

Keen walker Arthur Jones, from Denbigh, was staying in the city of Chania, but has not been seen since 19 June.

His family raised the alarm with police as he was due to fly home on Tuesday but failed to turn up for his flight.

Four relatives and two experienced walking friends have taken 1,000 flyers in English and Greek to hand out.

Mr Jones's son Jeffrey Jones from Prestatyn said the family first learned he was missing when they visited his house on Wednesday.

Image copyright From the family
Image caption This flyer will be handed out in Crete

The father of four arrived in Crete on 17 June and sent his family a postcard in the first few days saying he was planning a walking trip.

His son described him as a "Bear Grylls" type man who is used to coping with the outdoors and said he would have been well equipped.

He added: "We do now know he had plans to camp out for three nights from the Thursday [19 June].

"There's been a possible sighting in a remote area. That's all we've had so far."

North Wales Police confirmed Mr Jones had been reported missing and said police in Greece were leading the investigation, working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Interpol.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We are aware of a British national, Robert Arthur Jones, reported missing in Greece. We are providing consular assistance to the family.

"UK police are assisting the Greek authorities with the investigation."

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