Body found in search for missing Denbigh man Arthur Jones


Shane Brennan

 A body has been found in the search for missing Denbigh man, Arthur Jones.

The former soldier was on a hiking holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

He had not been seen since June 19.

There has been an extensive search of the island for him including friends and family members travelling to the island.

Two of Mr Jones daughters and their sons are in Crete at the moment to help with the search.

Reports emerged this morning that the Greek authourities had found a body that they believe is Arthur Jones.

Mr Jones’ son, Jeff, said: “They think they’ve found him.”

Mr Jones’s cousin Colin Hughes who is a county councillor in Denbigh said: “A body has been found matches Arthur’s description. We are waiting for DNA verification. Family and friends have been told. The family are gathering their thoughts and a statement will be issued soon.”

Since he went missing, his friends, family and members of the Denbigh community have mounted a tireless effort to find him.

They have held vigils, appealed to Downing Street and formed teams to scour areas of Crete close to where Arthur was last seen.

They have also called on celebrities to raise awareness of the search, including Ripper Street star Matthew Macfadyen, Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn, who also stars in Ripper street, darts player Eric Bristow and Liverpool footballer Adam Lallana.  

This morning,  North Wales Police confirmed the body of a man has been found in northern Crete.

North Wales Police Missing Person Co-ordinator Mark Owen said “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”



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