Brit granddad, 73, missing on Greek island after visit to mountain monastery

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A British granddad has been missing for a week after going on a visit to a mountain monastery on a Greek island.

John Tossell, 73, set off to walk the monastery on Mount Skopos in Zante – but has still not returned.

Greek emergency services have been searching for him but so far not a trace has been found.

His family in Bridgend, South Wales, are hoping to track down a couple who spoke to him on the day he went missing.

The last confirmed sighting of John was at a café near the monastery at around 3pm on Monday June 17.

CCTV of missing Bridgend pensioner John Tossell

 

He spoke to a lady who was aged between 45 and 55 with shoulder-length blonde hair and her partner.

A family member said: “We need to try and find this couple but we are also appealing for information from anyone that potentially may have seen him on his walk back down the mountain, but might now have flown home.”

A police helicopter has been searching the area, and members of the fire service, port authorities and special disaster response unit have been involved in the search.

John had gone to visit the monastery on Mount Skopos (file photo)

 

He was wearing a khaki hat, a light blue T-shirt and beige knee length shorts.

The terrain in the search area is described as being very rugged and almost impossible by foot.

Anyone with information can call the local emergency number in Greece on 100 or 112 and anybody in the UK can call the British Embassy on 0207 008 1500 or British police on 101.

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