Jeffrey Jones, the son of 73-year-old Arthur Jones said it was only after the family enquired why he had not returned home that they learned that he was missing.
He said: “We feel let down by the tour operators, travel agent and consul because it wasn’t until we phoned the agent that we were told our father was missing. We could have been spending those 36 hours raising the alarm,” he said.
Jeffrey Jones spoke out after an inquest in Ruthin recorded an open conclusion into the death of his dad in June.
He also claimed that the Greek police had lied when they said that they had thoroughly searched the remote peninsula where the body of the former scaffolder was eventually found under a tree.
That discovery was made by a salt farmer six weeks after he went missing.
The inquest heard that because of the condition of Arthur’s body it was impossible to determine the cause of death.
The disappearance of the popular father-of-four led to a huge search involving the Greek authorities, North Wales Police and friends and relatives.
Prime Minister David Cameron also pledged do “everything” he could to help ensure Arthur was found.
The campaign to find him drew support from across the globe and from stars like actor Matthew MacFadyen and Liverpool FC star Adam Lallana.
John Gittins, the coroner for North Wales East and Central, commended them for their efforts.
Jeffrey Jones also thanked those who had helped both in Crete and in the Denbigh area and said their support had been a huge encouragement to the family at a very trying time.
Locals raised £10,000 to support the Jones family and to help with the search efforts.
Mr Jones, of Llys y Grawys, Denbigh, who had a keen interest in military history through his involvement with the TA and army cadets, had visited the Mediterranean island previously.
He flew from Manchester on June 17 and was staying in a hotel about 10 miles from the town of Chania, where he was last seen on the morning of the 19th. He took small equipment with him but his main kit was left in his room and he told various people of his hiking plans.
His family became concerned when he failed to fly home on June 24th and the Greek police carried out an air, land and sea search.
The coroner said that Arthur may have been visiting a nearby military cemetery and World War II gun placement when he was taken ill or suffered from heat exhaustion.
Mark Owen, North Wales Police’s missing persons co-ordinator, who visited the island to assist the local police, said it was a very difficult search in very difficult, energy-sapping conditions with the temperature over 30 degrees.
Recording an open conclusion, Mr Gittins said it must a source of some comfort to the family that Mr Jones’ body was eventually found and that his final days were spent in activities he loved and pursued with vigour – hiking and visiting military sites.
“Everything I have heard and read presents him as a larger-than-life character who is very considerably missed by the local community,” he added.
Daily Post / Wales