By John Smith • 25 February 2020 • 16:56
Juan Antonio Gómez in happier times
IT was in 2010 that experienced hiker Juan Antonio Gómez from Mijas disappeared after leaving home to undertake a two-day hike in the Mijas Sierra and was never seen again.
His family has never given up hope but believes that insufficient resources were available at the time and even today to try to establish what had happened to him.
Recently they set up a petition, hoping to obtain 500,000 signatures from across the country, demanding that the Spanish government take action to increase funding in order to make the search for missing persons more efficient and a greater priority.
Many councils and organisations have got behind this plea for better help and in both Fuengirola and Mijas there have been numerous sites where the petition could be signed including the council offices in both towns and many shops.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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