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Greece: missing British woman reportedly killed by stray dogs

The Guardian logo The Guardian 24/09/2017 Sandra Laville
Greek flag: Reports suggested the woman tried to contact her relatives in London after being attacked by the wild dogs. © Getty Images/iStockphoto Reports suggested the woman tried to contact her relatives in London after being attacked by the wild dogs.

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.

File photo: Stray dogs lounge outside a cafeteria © Getty File photo: Stray dogs lounge outside a cafeteria

A FCO 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 assistance to her family.”

The FCO would not confirm reports that the woman, a regular visitor to Greece, was a retired Oxford University professor. The woman was last seen by passersby 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.

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