Daughter's devastating theory about dad's mysterious disappearance

A daughter fears her dad was murdered after he vanished on a Greek island – and is still missing a year later.

John Tossell, 74, went missing from a monastery walk on Mount Skopos in Zante while on a sunshine break.

It was the third day of his holiday when he disappeared and a search was launched by Greek emergency services.

But a year later John has still not been found – despite rescue teams from Wales also flying out to scour the mountains.

Daughter Katy says she now questions if dad John, of Bridgend, South Wales, was taken by attackers and was a victim of "foul play".

The last known sighting of John Tossell before his disappearance. Source: Wales News Service/Australscope

"It beggars belief he hasn't been found. They just don't think he's on that mountain,” she said.

"If he's fallen, he would have been found and he hasn't. So it raises questions.

"Has someone taken him or has someone taken him and hid a body out of sight?”

She said she couldn’t help but think the worse as he hasn’t been found despite an enormous effort from rescue teams.

"Foul play and third party involvement has to be considered,” she said.

John failed to return to the hotel where he was staying with his partner Gillian on June 17, 2019, after the walk on Mount Skopos.

The "fit and intelligent" holidaymaker usually swam three times a week and walked miles with his dogs.

His disappearance was featured in a TV series looking to solve cases of missing people in Greece.

But John remains missing after his family’s tireless efforts to looks for clues.

John Tossell disappeared on the third day of his Greek holiday. Source: Wales News Service/Australscope

"We are no further along than the day he went missing,” his daughter said.

"We, as a family, had to go to the restaurants and bars in Argassi to source the CCTV and find the image of him and, if the area was searched sooner, perhaps more clues could have been picked up.

"We haven't given up hope of seeing dad alive again but there's a massive part of us that knows he's not coming back.”

Katy said she hoped the coronavirus lockdown would help lead to clues about her father’s whereabouts.

"During this lockdown maybe you've got time to go back through your holiday photos and check if you can see him in the background,” she said.

"If anyone wants to come forward anonymously just to give us some information, we just want to find him and, if not alive, at least we can then lay him to rest and have closure."

Rescue teams from Wales flew out to scour the mountains to find John but the Western Beacons Mountain Rescue team "reluctantly" stood down its search.

Our team members have been thanked by local authorities for making an invaluable contribution. Sadly, John's whereabouts remain unknown,” the rescue team said in a statement.

"We were honoured as a charity to help support a family of our local community by assisting in the search for John, and our thoughts are with John's relatives at this difficult time.”


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