How the Restaurant Manager Found Dr. Michael Mosley Dead

A restaurant manager on the Greek island of Symi has revealed the shocking circumstances which led to the horrific moment he discovered the lifeless body of Dr Michael Mosley among the rubble.

Greek police have ruled out foul play in the death of TV doctor Michael Mosley. An autopsy on the body revealed he died of natural causes on the day he disappeared on the Greek island of Symi. The remains of the television presenter were found in a rocky area, close to the sea.

The famous TV doctor, 67, was found dead on the small island on Sunday five days after being reported missing by his wife of 37 years, Dr Clare Bailey.

An initial autopsy report found the British journalist likely died of natural causes after sitting on the ground and losing consciousness due to the position of his body in sweltering temperatures.

It was a restaurant manager, not authorities, who discovered the lifeless body of Dr. Michael Mosley after spotting his watch flickering in the sun near a seaside restaurant on the Greek island of Symi. Photo: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

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Restaurant manager Ilias Tsavaris told MailOnline on Monday that the discovery of her body happened when the island’s mayor, Lefteris Papakalodoukas, saw something suspicious while traveling in a water taxi near of the restaurant.

“The mayor had seen something unusual in a water taxi and I was told to go there and check it out,” Mr. Tsavaris, 38, said.

“As I approached, I saw something glinting in the sun: his watch. As I got closer, I knew it was him. Terrible.”

Workers at the unnamed restaurant claimed Dr Mosley was “distressed and exhausted” before his body was found.

“How we missed him is a mystery. He was in distress, exhausted, but no one saw him. It’s heartbreaking,” one employee said.

Search team at Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where a body was discovered during a search and rescue operation for doctor and TV columnist Michael Mosley Photo: Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images

The British TV presenter’s family confirmed that Dr Mosley’s body was found on rocky ground next to a fence near a restaurant on Sunday.

His bag was found upriver from his body, about a 30-minute walk from where he was last seen in Pedi.

A police source earlier told the BBC that Dr Mosley’s remains had probably been there for several days, as his death is believed to have occurred on the same day as his disappearance, around 4pm on Wednesday local time.

The discovery came after Greek authorities moved their search efforts near a cave system known by locals as “the Abyss,” made up of water-filled tunnels.

The five-day long day involved a team of police, drones, helicopters, sniffer dogs and local coastguards.

CCTV footage obtained during the search showed Dr Mosley staggering outside the Blue Corner Café in Pedi village for several minutes on Wednesday.

The footage, seen by the Daily Mail and provided to Reuters, is believed to have been captured at 1.52pm, around 20 minutes after he reportedly left his wife at St Nicholas beach for a walk.

Clare Bailey paid a moving tribute to her late husband: “He made an incredible climb, took the wrong path and collapsed where he could not be easily seen by the vast search team.” Photo: Wentworth Courier social media

Wife Clare Bailey paid a moving tribute to her late husband: “He made an incredible climb, took the wrong path and collapsed where he could not be easily seen by the vast search team.

“We had an incredibly lucky life together. We loved each other very much and were so happy together,” she said.

“I am incredibly proud of our children and their resilience and support over the past few days.

“We are heartened by the fact that he almost made it.”

Additional testing will determine the beloved doctor’s exact cause of death, and toxicology and histology reports have also been ordered.

Mr Mosley is known in the UK for several documentaries and programs on the BBC, where he has worked since the 1980s, including The One Show and Trust Me, I’m A Doctor.

He also appeared on the SBS series Australia’s Health Revolution in 2021, hosted the Just One Thing podcast and is the bestselling author of the book The Fast 800.