Family of Scottish woman found dead in Crete in 2009 calls for new investigation

The family of a Scottish woman who was found dead off the coast of Crete in 2009 has appealed for the probe into her death to be reopened on the basis of evidence that she may have been a victim of foul play and not of drowning, as the initial investigation had concluded.

According to a report in the Scottish Daily Record on Thursday, Michael Porter, 29, met with Greek Ambassador in London Constantinos Biskas to request a new probe into the circumstances of the death of his mother, Jean Hanlon, who was 53 years old when she went missing.

Hanlon’s body was found off the coast of the coast of Iraklio four days later, with a local coroner determining that drowning was the cause of death. However, after pressure from the family, a second postmortem allegedly found that “she had suffered a broken neck, shattered ribs, a punctured lung and facial injuries consistent with a struggle,” according to the report.

Hanlon, a divorced mother of three, had moved to Crete in 2003 to start a new life.

A murder investigation was launched in 2010 on the basis of the new findings but was inconclusive due to insufficient evidence. Porter says that a new lawyer hired by the family has found more clues that could shed light on the events that led up to her death and point to potential suspects.

Porter was reported as saying that the Greek Embassy in London has agreed to write to prosecutors to request that the case be re-investigated.

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