The body of a man has been found in the search for missing Arthur Jones. It was discovered in the Chania area of northern Crete.
“Following contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office this morning we understand the body of a man has been recovered by Greek Authorities from a rural location in the Chania area of northern Crete. A formal identification process will take place but I can confirm the family of Denbighshire man Arthur Jones who has been missing in Crete, have been informed of developments and are assisting local police. Until a formal identification is made it would be inappropriate to comment further”
The team from North Wales Police which has been assisting the Greek authorities with their search for Arthur Jones are due to return home today.
Detective Chief inspector Gareth Evans, Missing Person Co-ordinator Mark Owen, both of North Wales Police, and Phil Benbow, Chair of the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, have been in Crete since last Sunday.
They have been working with the local authorities to maximise the opportunities to find Mr Jones who has been missing since June 18.
"We are pleased to have been able to provide support to the Greek authorities and also to Mr Jones' family who have been on the island. We will continue to support the family and we will remain in close contact with the authorities in Crete", said Superintendent Steve Williams.
Police from North Wales who are appealing for help in the search of missing Denbigh man Arthur Jones, say they're looking for any tourists who might have been on holiday in Crete around the time he disappeared.
In particular they're asking those who visited the Souda Bay Cemetary on June 18th to come forward.
A visitor's book shows that the missing man, who's 73, visited the World War 2 Cemetery on this date.
The book shows a number of other British and Welsh visitors, who may have seen Mr Jones.
Superintendent Steve Williams said:
"We know that Arthur has attended there on June 18th, probably around the early morning time. The visitor's book shows that there were a number of British people there on the same day."
"Is your name on this visitors list or do you know anyone who has signed their name in the book? Our hope is that someone remembers seeing or even speaking to him."
"I would also ask that if anyone took photographs there to check whether Arthur is in the background as it may identify the clothing he was wearing."
Arthur Jones has failed to make contact with his family and friends since June 18th.
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Officers from North Wales Police are travelling to Crete today to assist Greek authorities in their search for Robert 'Arthur' Jones. The 73 year old hasn't made contact with his family and friends since June 18th. Whilst in Crete the officers will also continue to offer support to his family:
"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."
– Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard
The officers will meet up with representatives from the Consulate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Head of the Chania Police
"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" said Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard.
Earlier this week the force appealing for information from anyone who might have seen Mr Jones while on holiday or who had travelled to the island between June 17 and 24th.