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Susan Hart found dead at bottom of cliff on Greek island

BY Anas Shah May 16, 2023. 04:32 pm UPDATED: May 16, 2023. 04:32 pm

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THE DEATH OF A BRITISH TOURIST, whose corpse was discovered at the foot of a cliff on a lonely Greek island, is shrouded in mystery.

Tragic Susan Hart, 75, was last seen reading a book at a café in Kalymnos on April 30 before going missing.

She had been on vacation at the popular rock climbing destination with her husband, with whom she had regularly been to Greece.

The duo, who were both avid climbers, apparently left their hotel with a buddy to walk on the remote island of Telendos.

Susan, who had dementia, had gone missing while wearing hiking boots and other outdoor gear.

After landing in Telendos, the grandmother-of-four opted to skip the activity owing to health issues.

While waiting for her husband and their friend, the retiree, who resided in Switzerland with her spouse, chose to relax at a little café in the port area and read a book.

However, she seemed to leave the cafe after a few hours while the couple was still out climbing and vanished.

Officials initiated a two-week search for the mother, assisted by volunteers and the coast guard.

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Her family in the UK, including one of her three children, Ruth Landale, traveled out to join the hunt.

“Three days ago the police told us that specialist divers would come and search underwater.

“Yesterday evening the police told us HQ in Athens would not approve the divers and we had to hire some privately, which we did.

“If we had known these were empty promises and we had to do things ourselves, we could have organised teams on day one.”

Ruth went on to allege her family were given the go-ahead to review CCTV footage of the area Susan disappeared in, only for cops to “suddenly deny them access.”

She pleaded: “Someone, somewhere must have seen something. People don’t just vanish with no trace in such a small community.

“Mum has dementia and is very vulnerable. We need to find her, please help us.”

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Yannis Zounis, President of the Anubis Rescue Team Volunteer Search and Rescue Team, said: “Our dogs have located the site at Telendo on a steep hillside.

“The woman had been going for the last ten years on holiday with her husband, they knew her in the area.

“Her husband had gone with a climbing group and they had left her waiting in a tavern.

“But they got lost and instead of coming at one as they had told her, they came at five. It was going around the port.”

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