Bri­tish hiker at­tacked, de­voured by wolves

Ripon Bulletin - - Nation -

THES­SA­LONIKI, Greece (AP) — A miss­ing Bri­tish hiker whose dis­mem­bered, flesh­less re­mains were found in the hills of north­ern Greece was prob­a­bly at­tacked by wolves while walk­ing alone on a re­mote path, torn apart and de­voured, a Greek coro­ner said after an au­topsy Wed­nes­day.

Coro­ner Nikos Kifni­dis told The As­so­ci­ated Press that both the wo­man’s thigh bones had been cracked open by bites and large sec­tions of her body are still miss­ing. He said a vet at Wed­nes­day’s au­topsy in the nearby town of Ko­mo­tini con­firmed that no dog or jackal could have ad­min­is­tered such bites.

The re­mains — mostly bare, gnawed bones — were dis­cov­ered Satur­day near the vil­lage of Petrota, 285 kilo­me­ters (180 miles) east of the city of Thes­sa­loniki.

Near them, au­thor­i­ties found a pass­port for Celia Lois Holling­worth, 63, whom the Bri­tish em­bassy in Athens re­ported miss­ing in the area Fri­day. The wo­man’s brother in Eng­land had raised the alarm with Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties, re­port­edly telling them she had phoned to say she was be­ing at­tacked by dogs.

Po­lice have not con­firmed the iden­tity of the re­mains but say they most likely be­long to Holling­worth.

“I con­cluded that the wo­man was at­tacked by wild an­i­mals who de­voured her,” Kifni­dis said. “I think she was eaten by a wolf or wolves.”

Wolves roam re­mote parts of Greece and have been re­ported in the Petrota area but at­tacks on hu­mans are very rare and no fa­tal at­tacks have been re­ported in decades.

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