Family fly out to join search for dad missing in Crete; 73-YR-OLD HAS NOT BEEN SEEN FOR 10 DAYS.
THE anxious family of a holidaymaker missing in Crete are desperately hoping that he will be found safe and well sheltering in a remote village.
Six relatives and friends who have flown to the Mediterranean island yesterday told how they are working with the emergency services, following up leads and scouring hamlets to find Arthur Jones.
His son Jeff Jones, taking a break from the search, said: "It's a mystery. It's nine or 10 days since he was last officially sighted. We just hope a tourist returning from Crete to the UK will say they have seen him and report it."
Retired scaffolder Mr Jones snr, 73, of Denbigh, arrived in Greece on Tuesday June 17 and was staying in the Pardalakis apartments in Chania.
He is a very keen walker and it is thought he might have gone to the hills in that area. But he hasn't been seen since Thursday June 19 and was due to fly back on Tuesday last week.
Now his son and other helpers are carrying out their own enquiries in person to locate the popular dad, who has worked with British Army cadets.
Mr Jones said: "On Saturday we had a big meeting with the governor and the chief of police about where they've searched already and everything that's ongoing.
"And today (Sunday) we met the head of the ground force - there are 10 members helping." Mr Jones added: "My father stayed in the centre of Chania. There's a flea market in the centre of town. So we've also split up and been distributing leaflets there and in a couple of the areas we know he's visited from our own enquiries."
Mr Jones says the searchers feel better to be on the island. "Back home, you're liaising with the consulate, but here you're putting yourself in his footsteps and you can liaise with the police better."
But Mr Jones said that the searing heat and barren terrain is making the search difficult. "It's absolutely roasting here, 35degC or 36degC. It's ridiculously hot. We are at sea level and there is no wind.
"There are a lot of remote, religious villages - more hamlets than villages - with a couple of houses and maybe a monastery.
"The hope is that he has gone for a walk, got disorientated and is staying in one of them. Maybe they haven't got a telly or the internet."
His family think Mr Jones snr would have been memorable because he is so sociable and chatty. "He is not just a 'How are you?' man," added his son.
In North Wales, Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane has been contacted by the Joneses and is closely monitoring the situation, and the Foreign Office is also liaising with the Greek authorities.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)|
|Date:||Jun 30, 2014|
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