American Tourist’s Body Discovered on Greek Island

American Tourist's Body Discovered on Greek Island

( – An American tourist has been found dead on a Greek island near Corfu. Another tourist discovered the unnamed 55-year-old on a deserted beach on the tiny islet of Mathraki and alerted police. The body was moved to Corfu for an autopsy, and investigations uncovered that the deceased person was last seen at a bar in the company of two fellow tourists, who have since departed the island.

An Athens news agency reported that the American was visiting a friend in Mathraki at the time but did not provide details of his identity, length of stay, or background. The American is the latest in a growing list of people to die or go missing in Greece amid a record-breaking heatwave.

A 74-year-old Dutch tourist went missing during a solo hike on the island of Samos in June, days after a British TV doctor was found dead on a beach. Dr. Michael Mosley, a prominent physician in the UK, died while hiking on Symi island, and the bodies of two other hikers were likewise discovered on Crete on June 5.

American Albert Calibet is one of several additional tourists who have vanished recently.

Former Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy Calibet failed to return from a hike on the island of Amorgos, where temperatures exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Witnesses reported seeing him around four hours into his walk from Aegiali to Katapola. Calibet left his hotel at 7 am and was due to meet a friend at 1 pm, but did not show up.

The unnamed friend reported Mr. Calibet missing when he failed to answer or return calls, and police initiated an “extensive” search using helicopters and drones to explore ravines and remote areas.

Kalliopi Despotidl, the deputy mayor of Amorgos island, said she recognized the American as he had visited the region several times. She also noted that he “knows the paths better than me.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Calibet’s family and friends.”

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