Family continues to fear for grandfather who disappeared in Zakynthos on June 14

John Tossell

John Tossell

A woman whose partner, 73-year-old John Tossell who went for a walk during a holiday in Zakynthos and never came back, is still searching for answers nearly three months on.

John Tossell has not been seen since June 17.

The 73-year-old told told his partner of 19-years, Gillian Griffiths that he would meet her by the pool after he returned from the monastery at the top of Mount Skopos, which was near their hotel. However, John has never returned.

The couple were on a last-minute trip to the Greek island of Zakynthos and arrived on June 14.

Pictures of them taken the night before John disappeared, show the couple smiling and looking relaxed.

Eleven weeks have passed since John's disappearance and Gillian is still desperately waiting on news.

On Sunday, Gillian told Wales, a publishing company based in Wales, that "every holiday we went on, John went walking as he was very fit, active and loved history."

“On the morning of June 17, he said he was going for a walk, maybe only 30 minutes or perhaps longer, but not to worry. He said to take my bathers and book to the pool and that he would see me later. He took 10 Euros and a bottle of water and left at around 9.30am,” she continued.

After he failed to return, Gillian raised the alarm and a full-scale search was carried out by the Greek police.

Another major search of the island was conducted by volunteers from the Western Beacons Mountain Rescue team, after the family raised £7,000 on a Go Fund Me Page to get them to Zakynthos to conduct their own search for John.

"We are getting desperate now. It feels like to us, as a family, that he has been forgotten. It’s like we are at a dead end. We have got nowhere to turn now. My worry is the case will be closed down at the end of the season when the island closes down for the winter in October," Gillian stated.

Gillian has returned on her own to the family home in Kenfig, Bridgend, where she said she is being supported by family and friends as she awaits news of her missing husband.

"It was just crucifying being there on the island. I had to come home, the dogs are here, my family are here. There are things I can do here but I can’t seem to get anywhere. You can’t just disappear on an island which is 12 miles wide and 25 miles long,” she said.

Anyone with any information about John's disappearance are urged to call the local emergency number in Greece (100 or 112), or those in the UK can call the British Embassy on (+44) (0)207 008 1500 or British police on 101.