Greek authorities are conducting a wide search through the city of Ioannina and the surrounding regions in northern Greece looking for 20-year-old Dairy School student Vangelis Giakoumakis who went missing on February 6. Giorgos Tsoukalis, a private investigator who has taken up the case at the family’s request, stated that any information regarding the case is being thoroughly investigated.
According to police reports, Giakoumakis lived in the school dorms. On February 6, he went missing but the investigation revealed that he had left his wallet and mobile phone behind. Since then, Greek authorities, in collaboration with PI Tsoukalis, have been trying to track the young man. Several people reported that Giakoumakis had been seen in Athens’ metro stations, however none of it has proven useful.
Meanwhile, a number of people have reported shocking bullying incidents, in which the 20-year-old student from Crete was the victim. He was targeted by a group of older students who also originated from Crete and were studying in Ioannina. According to another student’s police statement, they would lock Giakoumakis in a closet and slip coins inside requesting songs, just like a jukebox. The horrifying incident occurred multiple times.
Greek journalist Angeliki Nikolouli, host of TV show “Light in the Tunnel” that investigates missing persons, invited a young girl who reported that the group of Cretan students has also bullied Giakoumakis outside the dorms. For instance, she was present when the group hid Giakoumakis’ coffee while at a café. When he begged them to give it back, they just laughed at him. In the end, they threw a glass of water at him, completely indifferent for the people watching.
The students accused of attacking Giakoumakis are denying the accusations, saying that the incidents were a form of hazing.
Investigations to trace Giakoumakis’ steps are still ongoing and police are requesting anyone who might have information regarding his disappearance to contact the Greek authorities.