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Wednesday, November 26, 1997 Published at 18:23 GMT


Luxor victims 'flown to wrong countries'
image: [ The body in Halifax was initially identified as Joan Turner's ]
The body in Halifax was initially identified as Joan Turner's

A coroner has suspended the burial of a victim of the Luxor gun massacre because he believes that the Egyptian authorities have sent the wrong body.

While the remains of a Swiss tourist lies in a Halifax funeral parlour, the body of Joan Turner is thought to be in Switzerland.

The Deputy Assistant Coroner of Halifax, West Yorkshire, said: "It is probable an unidentified body in Zurich is Joan Turner.

"In view of that, the coroner has withdrawn the burial order until matters are sorted out."

[ image: Mrs Turner's daughter, an air hostess, had arranged the trip]
Mrs Turner's daughter, an air hostess, had arranged the trip
Mrs Turner's family had planned to bury the 53-year-old in her home town of Ripponden, near Halifax, alongside her daughter Karina, 24, an air hostess, and her five-year-old granddaughter, Shaunnah.

The director of the Lawrence Funeral Service company, Philip Mannett, said: "I cannot see the family for one minute wanting a funeral for Karina and Shaunnah. They would want them all together."

An unnamed family member initially identified the body when it arrived at Heathrow airport.

Dental records have since been exchanged with Swiss coroners to try to establish whether the unidentified body there is Mrs Turner's.

A coroner's office spokesman added: "The Swiss authorities said they had a body they could not identify and would we check ours out. PC John Madden did the checks with dental charts and found the body was not Joan Turner."

The Gama'a al-Islamiya group claimed responsibility for the Luxor attack, which left 58 tourists dead.

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