A heartbreaking and frustrating wait in quarantine is currently being endured by the brother of a Greek Burgh Island waiter who has now been missing for more than three weeks.
Efstathios Anthis, known locally as Stan, was last seen at around 5am jumping out of a ground floor window at the Burgh Island Hotel in Bigbury-on-Sea on March 8.
The 33-year-old left carrying his mobile phone and wallet and has not been seen or heard from since.
A major missing person’s investigation was launched, but so far no information has come to light, and searches have now come to an end.
In the hope of finding out answers, his older brother Demetris Anthis, known as Jimmy, arrived in the UK from Greece on Monday, March 29.
He is required to quarantine in London for 10 days before he can join in the search for Efsthathois, who moved from Greece to the UK three years ago.
Demetris said: “The police have told me they don’t have any answers yet. There are so many questions I don’t have answers to.
“For him to go missing is totally out of character. He is full of life and a very happy person.
“His friends in the UK have told me that every time they were upset or something was bothering them, my brother was always there to cheer them up and make them feel happy.
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“As soon as I come out of quarantine my plan is to find out what happened to my brother. I will start with going to Burgh Island and talk to the hotel staff.
“All I know is that one of the members of staff last saw him on the Monday morning of March 8, at around 4.30am. She saw him jump out of a ground floor window where he was living, and does not know why he disappeared just like that.
“I have been told before that he had been to Plymouth for the weekend with a friend who dropped him back off at Burgh Island at 4am that morning. Why he came back at that time I don’t know; I don’t have the answers.”
The last time Demetris spoke to his brother was three days before he went missing.
He recalled: “He was okay, but said he was a bit stressed about quarantine and he had been struggling. I told him we are in the same situation.
“He has had no previous mental health issues. If he was hiding something from me or my family I have been unable to see it.”
Efsthathois started working at Burgh Island Hotel last November. He has previously been living and working in London.
Appealing for help to try and find him, Demetris said: “The police are still searching. If he is somewhere or hiding himself then I would like to say to him that he does not need to be afraid. We are here to help him and would love for him to come back.”
Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that there are no updates and that searches have been completed.
Efsthathois has short dark hair with a stubbly beard and is white, 5ft 7in and slim. He was last known to be wearing a mustard yellow/light brown hooded top with a zip, light blue jeans and black Nike trainers.
A spokesperson for Burgh Island Hotel said: “We are very sorry to hear that Efstathios Anthis has been reported missing and our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this difficult time.
“If anyone has any further information, we would ask you to contact the Devon and Cornwall police.”
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Anybody who has any information as to his whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 0450 13 March 2021.