Greek police have denied that they held a key piece of evidence in the disappearance of Michael Mosley days before his body was found.

The TV doctor was found dead in a rocky area of Symi, days after he disappeared during a walk on the Greek island.


A Greek news website claimed the Hellenic Police force had footage placing Dr Mosley in the same location his body was later discovered days before he was found.

However, the local officers confirmed the force had seen the footage but claimed it was given to them after Dr Mosley was found. Detectives have also ruled out foul play or criminality.

Michael Mosley was found dead on the island

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The footage in question appears to show Dr Mosley disappearing from view as he makes his way down a hillside, close to where his body was later found.

Issuing a statement, local police said: “The Headquarters of the Hellenic Police announces that today’s TV report, which refers to possession and non-utilization by the Hellenic Police, does not correspond to reality.

“The reality is that the video material came into the possession of the Greek Police after [Michael Mosley’s] body was found.

“It is emphasised that the preliminary investigation material so far does not show that the British presenter fell from a height.”

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The Greek island of Symi

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Greek police said the TV doctor is believed to have died of heat exhaustion after losing consciousness while walking in 40C temperatures.

Mosley’s wife Clare wrote in a statement: “It’s devastating to have lost Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband. We had an incredibly lucky life together. We loved each other very much.”

Police spokeswoman Constantina Dimoglidou said the body of a person believed to be Mosley had been found in the area of Agia Marina, north of the village of Pedi and opposite the northeast beach of Agios Nikolaos where Mosley set out for his walk.

Mosley, who was on holiday with his wife, was last seen alive at 1:30 p.m. (1030 GMT) on Wednesday. His children had arrived on Friday on Symi, which is about 10 miles (16 km) long and has 2,500 residents, following his disappearance.

A satellite image shows the area where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley

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Interim findings from a coroner found Dr Mosley sat down before losing consciousness only yards away from safety.

Mosley appeared on programmes including the BBC series Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, the BBC’s The One Show and ITV’s This Morning.

“Absolutely devastating news,” said celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on Instagram. “He did such a lot of good for public health with his TV shows and research.”