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Crete body find confirmed as Scot

Jean Hanlon
Ms Hanlon's son launched a Facebook appeal after she went missing

A body found on the Greek island of Crete has been officially identified as that of a missing Scottish woman.

Jean Hanlon, 53, from Dumfries, had last been seen at the Marina Cafe in the port of Heraklion on 9 March.

A body was found four days later and it has now been identified as Ms Hanlon, who moved to Crete in 2005.

Her son, Robert Porter, said the family was devastated by the news and appealed for public help with information about the circumstances leading to her death.

After Ms Hanlon's disappearance another son, Michael, launched a Facebook appeal for help in tracing her.

We are desperately trying to find out what happened in the lead up to her death
Robert Porter

A body was discovered shortly afterwards.

Ms Hanlon was originally from Dumfries but moved to Kato Gouves four years ago.

Since that time she built up a close group of friends who were all concerned about her disappearance.

Mr Porter said: "Naturally we are devastated at the news that our mother has been found dead.

"My brother David last spoke to her on Sunday 8 March and she seemed fine at that time.

"She was a friendly woman and would happily speak to people or tell friends what she is up to."

Contact police

He said that for his mother to disappear without telling anyone was "out of character".

"We would like to find out what happened to her," he said.

"If you have seen or spoken to her anytime between Monday 9 March and Friday 13 March please get in touch.

"We are desperately trying to find out what happened in the lead up to her death."

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, who will pass it on to police on the island.

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