American Tourist Dies In Greece, Another Missing

( – An American tourist has been found dead on a small Greek island, and a second is missing. The two unrelated cases occurred during a wave of recent deaths that some experts have attributed to record-high temperatures. The dead tourist reportedly visited a friend on the tiny islet of Mathraki, near Corfu. A fellow traveler found his body on a deserted beach, and officials arranged his transport to Corfu for an autopsy. The unnamed 55-year-old was last seen at a bar days earlier speaking to other tourists.

Authorities have not released details about his background, length of stay in Greece, or identity.

Meanwhile, American Albert Calibet vanished during a hike on the island of Amorgos, where temperatures exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, Mr. Calibet, left his hotel in the early morning, intending to hike from Aegiali to Katapola, and was last seen around four hours into his walk. The American was due to meet a friend at 1 pm but did not show up or respond to phone calls, prompting the friend to call the police and report him missing.

Kalliopi Despotidl, the deputy mayor of Amogros island, said she recognized Calibet, a frequent visitor to the area. Despotidl declared 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.”

The death and disappearance come days after the death of a 74-year-old Dutch tourist and a prominent British doctor. The Dutch woman vanished during a hike on the island of Samos, while Dr. Michael Mosley died during a walk in high temperatures on Symi island. Two more bodies were discovered on Crete on June 5.

A British reporter, accompanied by Symi Mayor Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, found Dr. Mosley’s body on a beach just meters from a nearby restaurant. Mosley’s wife, Dr. Clare Bailey, said she was proud of her husband, with whom she had spent many happy years.

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