Remains are found in a riverbed in hunt for missing British pensioner, 79, a month after she went missing in Cyprus
- Ann Naisbitt was last seen more than a month ago leaving her home in Paphos
- Police said that human remains have been identified as belonging to Naisbitt
Police searching for a missing British pensioner in Cyprus have found human remains in a riverbed.
Ann Naisbitt, 79, was last seen more than a month ago on April 3 leaving the home she shared with her son in the city of Paphos.
But police said today that human remains they had found on Sunday have been identified as belonging to Naisbitt following genetic tests.
The Briton’s skull was found in a rural area, between the villages of Koloni and Marathousta, on Sunday by a local farmer who called police.
Officers searching the nearby area then found bones, clothes and other objects in the bed of a nearby river.
Ann Naisbitt, 79, was last seen more than a month ago on April 3 leaving the home she shared with her son in the city of Paphos
Naisbitt was reported missing by her family on April 3. Her remains have now been found
Police spokesperson Christos Andreou told Cyprus broadcaster CyBC that a family member had identified the clothing as belonging to Naisbitt.
Naisbitt had been suffering from dementia, Cyprus Mail reports, but police have now opened an investigation to rule out the possibility of foul play.
The pensioner was last seen on April 3 at around 10am leaving her home in Paphos, which she shared with her son Lee.
A family friend, Jean Ivell, told local media at the time that Naisbitt suffered from dementia and had gone missing in March before being tracked down by Lee.
A UK Foreign Office spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are supporting the family of British woman who died in Cyprus and are in contact with the local authorities.’
The Briton’s skull was found in a rural area, between the villages of Koloni (as seen on map) and Marathousta, on Sunday by a local farmer who called police