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79-year-old visitor dies after getting lost

An elderly Greek-Australian woman who disappeared in Thessaloniki two weeks ago, shortly after she and her husband arrived in Greece for a holiday, was found dead in the city’s Sheikh Sou forest yesterday. The coroner said the woman had died of natural causes about 13 days earlier. Aspasia Christidis, 79, who suffered from partial amnesia, and her husband Pantelis arrived on a flight from Australia and took a taxi from the airport to the city bus station. On the way, Pantelis Christidis asked the taxi to stop at a bank so he could change some money. When he returned, the taxi and his wife had gone. Their luggage was found shortly afterward outside a nearby store. The taxi driver, whom police traced a few days later, explained that the woman had also got out of the taxi and as the two were late in returning, he drove off, leaving their luggage on the sidewalk.