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Jean Hanlon Crete death: Dumfries family make Greek television appeal

The family of a Dumfries woman found dead on Crete five years ago hope an appeal on Greek television might lead to a breakthrough.

Jean Hanlon's son, Michael Porter, has flown to Athens to talk about the case on a talk show.

Last month, he took part in a protest in London by families who have lost loved ones overseas.

He secured a meeting with officials at the Greek Embassy and was subsequently approached to appear on TV.

Ahead of travelling, Mr Porter said the aim was to create an appeal which might trigger people's memories.

He hoped that might bring new and more concrete evidence to support the family's conviction that their mother was murdered.

Ms Hanlon's body was found in March 2009 off the coast of Crete where she had gone to live.

A local coroner declared the cause of death as drowning.

However, a second post-mortem held after pressure from the family suggested she had suffered a broken neck, shattered ribs, a punctured lung and facial injuries consistent with a struggle.

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