The body of a man found in the sea off Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon, is thought to be that of a 33-year-old Greek man, Efstathios Anthis, who had last been seen jumping out of a ground-floor window at the Burgh Island Hotel on March 8.
His devastated family has had to agonize about the event for more than a month. They have been told that could be up to ten days before they know whether the body belongs to their family member.
Known to his friends and coworkers at the hotel as “Stan,” the Greek immigrant to the UK had not been seen since March 8 when at around 5 am he was seen jumping out of a ground floor window of the hotel.
Older brother retraces Anthis’ steps
Efstathios’ older brother Demetris Anthis, known as Jimmy, arrived from Greece to the UK on March 29, to help local officials and friends with the search for his beloved brother –after his mandatory quarantine of 10 days.
After going himself to Burgh Island to retrace Efstathios’ final steps, Demetris has now been informed by police that in the evening of April 13, members of the Coast Guard recovered a body, believed to be of a male, from the sea off the Island near Bigbury on Sea.
The Kingsbridge Police made the following announcement after the discovery: “At approximately 5 PM yesterday, Falmouth Coast Guard contacted Police informing us of a suspicious object in the water in Bigbury Bay.
“RNLI lifeguards attended and with the assistance of Hope Cove Lifeboat a body was recovered from the water.
“No formal identification has taken place but the family of Efstathios Anthis (Stan), who went missing from Burgh Island have been made aware of the discovery.
Victim admitted struggling with effects of quarantine
Demetris Anthis told interviewers at Devon Live that “I am devastated. I gave a DNA sample this morning in Islington Police Station to see if it matches with the body that has been found.
“I have been told it could take up to 10 days for the results.
“Since being released from quarantine I have been carrying out research,” Demetris stated. “I have been to the island, and spoke with the hotel manager as well as the police.
“All I know is that one of the members of staff last saw him on the Monday morning of March 8, at around 4.30 AM. 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 4 AM that morning. Why he came back at that time I don’t know; I don’t have the answers.”
According to press reports, the last time Demetris spoke to his brother was three days before the incident.
He related to interviewers that “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.”
Efstathios Anthis had only been working at the Burgh Island Hotel since November of 2020; prior to that, the Greek immigrant had been living and working in London.