A missing British hiker whose dismembered, fleshless remains were found in the hills of Greece was probably attacked by wolves while walking alone on a remote path, then torn apart and devoured, a coroner said.
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 missing.
He said a veterinarian at Wednesday’s autopsy in the town of Komotini, confirmed that no dog or jackal could have administered such bites.
The remains – mostly bare, gnawed bones – were discovered on Saturday near the village of Petrota in Thrace, 285 kilometres east of the northern city of Thessaloniki.
Near them, authorities found a passport for Celia Lois Hollingworth, 62, whom the British embassy in Athens reported missing in the area on Friday.
Ms Hollingworth’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 Ms Hollingworth.
“I concluded that the woman was attacked by wild animals who devoured her,” Mr Kifnidis said. “I think she was eaten by a wolf or wolves.