Search continues for missing American on Greek Island of Amorgos

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The search on the Greek Island of Amorgos continued Friday for missing American hiker Albert Calibet. The experienced hiker, a retired Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy, went missing Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Amorgos Island Facebook

June 14 (UPI) -- The search continued Friday on the Greek Island of Amorgos for missing retired Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy Albert Calibet. He went missing while hiking in hot weather.

A State Department spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News that they are aware of Calibet's disappearance and will "work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts."

L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna said, "We are actively collaborating with multiple agencies abroad to provide assistance in the search for Deputy Calibet and will use every resource we have available to bring him back to those who love him."

He added that his thoughts and prayers are with Calibet's family.

Calibet, an experienced hiker who has visited Amorgos for years, disappeared Tuesday after failing to return from a hike.

Greek officials are searching for him, including several agencies and volunteers from the Greek coast guard along with teams from neighboring islands of Paros and Naxos.

A drone is being used in the search.

British TV presenter Michael Mosley went missing days before Calibet. Mosley's body was found four days later on the Greek Island of Symi.

Calibet's girlfriend Debbie Leshane arrived in Greece Friday.

"He called me right before he was leaving for the hike. ... It was 7:07 [a.m.] in Greece, and then we spoke six minutes, and then he sent me a picture at 9:20 [a.m.] at the trail head with the sign. And we have not spoken since," LaShane said.

Calibet's brother Oliver said the family is staying very positive, but on the fourth day time is of the essence in the search.

Calibet's sister-in-law Sandrine Cutright said, "He's physically fit. He swims every day, he runs."