POLICE called off their search yesterday afternoon for 33-year-old national guardsman Michalis Stavrou who was reported missing on Tuesday.
The search began at 5am yesterday and ended at 1pm as members of the port and marine police, members of the civil defence along with a helicopter, National Guardmen with divers all participated in the hunt. It was the second day of a full-scale search for the missing father of two.
Police yesterday found an olive drab army-issue T-shirt thought to belong to the missing man. The area will be patrolled by officers from Peyia police station while the search is due to continue today with the first light of day.
Stavrou is from Yeroskipou but was serving in Nicosia. His abandoned car was found by a tourist on Tuesday morning around 10am, doors open and keys still in the ignition near the Ayios Georgios Peyias sea area.
The tourist contacted police who established the identity of the owner. They searched the immediate area but found no trace of the 33-year-old, while his friends reportedly did not know where he might be.
Police described Stavrou as 1.70m tall with brown hair and green eyes. He was wearing his army uniform. Anyone with information should call the police hotline 1460.