Eight Michael Mosley theories police investigating after disappearance – from snake bite to heatstroke

Michael Mosley
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TV doctor Michael Mosley has been missing for three days, sparking a massive search operation and a flurry of theories about his sudden disappearance.

The 67 year old This Morning star was enjoying a holiday on the Greek island of Symi in the Aegean Sea when he was reported missing on Wednesday, 5 June. Reports suggest that the TV doctor had gone for a hike on the picturesque island but alarm bells were raised when he didn't return home.

A search operation is now underway near St Nicholas Beach and Pedi Beach, close to where Michael was last spotted. He reportedly left his accommodation at 1:30pm local time and was reported missing by his wife, Dr Clare Bailey, 62, at 7:30pm.

Adding to the mystery, it was claimed on Friday, 7 June that the popular medic had told pals he wasn't feeling well before he left - and witnesses later spotted him at a bus stop. Police are considering several theories to explain his disappearance - from heatstroke and a fall from a height to even a snake bite, reports the Daily Star.

Stranded somewhere injured

One theory suggests that Mosely could be stranded somewhere, potentially injured after a fall from a significant height. A top Greek official leading the search efforts revealed that thorough measures were being put into place.

They told The Sun on Thursday: "Since this morning we have had all available forces out there on the island and we have asked to bring in specially trained dogs and even a helicopter from Athens for back up too. No stone will be left unturned. Symi is a small island, he can't just have disappeared."

A fall from a height

Michael Mosley
Michael with his wife Clare -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Greek police are considering the possibility that Dr Mosley may have suffered a tragic accident, speculating that he could have "fallen from a height" while exploring near St Nicholas Beach.

Symi's mayor, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, has highlighted the dangers of the local terrain, pointing out that the path Dr Mosley reportedly took features "very high cliffs" and presents challenging conditions.

The picturesque island of Symi boasts rugged mountains, steep cliffs, serene beaches, and numerous secluded coves, some of which are only reachable by boat.

Seen at a bus stop

Adding to the mystery, a resident of Symi reported seeing Dr Mosley at a bus stop. According to Greek newspaper Proto Thema, the individual claimed to have spotted Dr Mosley around 2pm in Pedi, at a bus stop, half an hour after he was last seen at the beach.

Proto Thema also noted that to return to his accommodation, Dr Mosley would have needed to traverse approximately 1,000 meters along a path before catching a bus.

Nikitas Gryllis, the Deputy Mayor of Symi, commented on the accessibility of the route, saying: "The route is passable, it is a passable path. Many old people and foreigners do it. It is only dangerous if you go near the rocks."

"There is testimony that he was seen at two in the afternoon at the bus stop. There is no information if he got on the bus and if he got off at a certain stop. The person who saw him has also told this to the Police and the Fire Department."

Bitten by a poisonous snake

A terrifying thought involves a lethal encounter with the "most poisonous snake in Europe", the Ottoman Viper, which is found in Symi. Although these unfortunate incidents are rare, not much is known about the potency of this snake's venom but it does chiefly cause harm to red blood cells and disrupts clotting whilst being detrimental to cells.

Even a minute dose can prove fatal for adults.


Another worrying theory revolves around the possibility of heatstroke. Given the extreme temperatures, Dr Mosely could be severely dehydrated, leading to fainting spells.

Mayor Papakalodoukas voiced his concerns about the possibility of the doctor experiencing severe dehydration due to the extreme heat, potentially causing him to pass out in the rugged terrain. It is important to note that Dr Mosely embarked on his walk amidst a heatwave, with Wednesday's temperature soaring to a scorching 35C.

A fall into the sea

Adding to the list of possibilities, it has been speculated that Dr Mosley may have suffered a fall into the sea. Confirming this, Symi deputy mayor, Ilias Chaskas spoke to PA news agency: "divers are looking in the water."

Symi's coast guard shared: "All our patrol boats are searching ... about five and also all the private boats, commercial boats know about the incident and they look for (him) also, in this area, (so this is) the private, the commercial and the patrol (boats looking)."

Heart failure and 'not feeling well'

Michael Mosley
Michael Mosley

It's been suggested that before Dr Mosley embarked on his short journey alone, he had informed his wife Dr Clare Bailey and their friends that he wasn't feeling well.

Speaking on Talk TV, Greek journalist Ionna Niaoti revealed: "It is understood that about 1.30pm local time, he said he was not feeling very well and he wanted to return home. So he went to a coastal path reaching the closest the village of Pedi, and this was the last time somebody saw him in Pedi."

A senior police source ALAP told the Daily Mail that heart failure could have played a role in his disappearance. They stated: "He may have slipped and fallen, perhaps because of a heart attack along the way. Nothing at this stage can be ruled out".


Dr Mosely didn't have his mobile with him during his walk - which hinted he might have gotten lost. However, locals on the island have pointed out it's "pretty difficult" to lose your way on the island "even in the most remote areas."

Constantina Dimoglidou, a Senior Greek Police spokesperson revealed: "He was at the beach of Ag. Nikolas with another couple when he decided to go back to his home in the area of Pedi of Symi... and he forgot his phone at the beach. Any and every attempt to track him down has not produced any result."

Normally, it's a smooth 20-minute walk from Pedi Beach to St Nikolas Beach. A local insider divulged to PA: "I'm having trouble understanding how you could get lost."