Celia Hollingworth, 63, was mauled to death by a pack of wolves with such force that their bites shattered bone, a coroner has said
A missing British hiker whose dismembered, fleshless remains were found in the hills of northern Greece was probably attacked, torn apart and devoured by wolves, a coroner said.
Nikos Kifnidis said the ferocity of the attack was such 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 post mortem confirmed no dog could have administered bites with such force.
The remains were found on Saturday near the village of Petrota in Thrace, 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 on Friday.
Ms Hollingworth, who had been staying at a guest house in the nearby town of Maroneia, phoned her family in Britain on Thursday to say she was injured although her remains were not found until 10.45am on Saturday.
Her phone lost signal shortly after and her family called police to raise alarm about the attack.
Ms Hollingworth, from Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire, had apparently been attacked after returning from a visit to the Mesimvria archaeological site near Petrota Beach, in Rodopi, by foot.
After she alerted her mother and brother about the dog attack, they called local authorities in Greece to try to get help finding the woman, according to ERT Television.
Ms Hollingworth’s family then called the British Embassy in Greece, who liaised with police to launch a search.
The injuries were so severe that they could not have been caused by a pack of dogs, according to coroner Nikos Kifnidis. She had visited this archaeological site shortly before she died
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