North East Wales

Arthur Jones Crete walker death inquest opens

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An inquest into the death of Denbigh pensioner Arthur Jones has been opened and adjourned.

The 73-year-old died while on a walking holiday on the Greek island of Crete and his body was found under a tree in a remote area last Sunday.

The hearing in Ruthin heard he had been missing for more than six weeks.

North East Wales Senior Coroner John Gittins said inquiries by Greek officials "excluded any criminal act and there were no fractures".

Two North Wales Police officers and a senior north Wales mountain rescue volunteer spent nearly a week on Crete helping the family search for Mr Jones, a former soldier and experienced walker.

Up to 30 Greek police and volunteers also searched on foot, without success.

Mr Jones' body was found by a local man in a remote rural area of the island.

Opening the inquest hearing, Mr Gittins said a surgeon in Greece had indicated that the date of death "is within the last 10 days of June 2014", but this was not binding.


Investigations had "not yet been able to establish a cause of death" and the coroner said he will hold a full inquiry.

Arthur Jones was last seen on 19 June, two days after he had arrived in Crete.

His body was found on 3 August close to the Chania resort where he had been staying.

The coroner said that Mr Jones' body was repatriated to the UK last Thursday, 7 August.

Mr Gittins explained that due to the complexity of dealing with a foreign jurisdiction he was not yet able to set a date for the full inquiry.

The inquest was adjourned for a later date.

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