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Pack of stray dogs kill elderly British tourist in Greece, reports suggest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 September, 2017, 10:15am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 September, 2017, 9:07pm

A British tourist is believed to have died in Greece after apparently being attacked by a pack of stray dogs.

The 64-year-old woman remains unaccounted for on the mainland, according to the British Foreign Office.

She was reported missing on Thursday after walking back to her accommodation in Maroneia in the northern part of the country following a visit to a nearby archaeological site. Reports in Greece suggested the woman had tried to contact her relatives in London after being attacked by the wild animals but had lost signal on her phone.

Wounds on a woman’s body found in the area suggested she had been attacked by dogs, local reports said.

A British Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in contact with Greek police in relation to a British woman missing in northern Greece since Thursday. We are also providing consular help to her family.”

The Foreign Office would not confirm reports that the woman, a regular visitor to Greece, was a retired Oxford University professor. The woman was last seen by passers-by on Thursday, according to local media reports.

She had reportedly visited the Mesimvria archaeological site near Petrota beach in the Thrace region of northern Greece.