North East Wales

Missing Arthur Jones: Welsh police head to Greek island

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Media captionArthur Jones' son Jeff said 'a lot of things don't add up'

Officers from North Wales Police are to fly out to Crete to help with the search for a Denbigh pensioner who is missing on the Greek island.

Arthur Jones, 73, has not been seen since 19 June, two days after arriving, and did not fly home five days later.

He sent his family a postcard saying he planned a walking trip but those who have flown to Crete found Mr Jones's equipment still in his room in Chania.

His son Jeff has suggested "foul play" may be to blame for his disappearance.

Mr Jones also criticised the way Greek police were carrying out the investigation.

"The longer it goes on and the lack of things we see happening, we all think, or suspect - is there foul play?" he said.

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Image caption This flyer will be handed out in Crete

"Since we arrived, although we have been assisting the police with their inquiries, we almost feel that we have been leading the investigation - every snippet of information that we can give them."

He added: "We just wish we had a North Wales Police officer team here with us to help."

On Friday, North Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard confirmed assistance would be sent.

He 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."

Family members and friends on Crete have handed out 1,000 leaflets on the island, hoping British tourists will remember bumping into the pensioner.

But Mr Jones said not one witness had come forward, calling it "all very, very strange".

Arthur Jones is described as 5'6" tall, medium build with short grey hair and a grey moustache.

A Facebook campaign to Find Arthur has attracted support from over 3,000 people.

On Saturday evening, residents in Denbigh are organising an event at the town's Plas Pigot pub to raise money for his family towards their costs in helping with the search.

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