The son of a Scottish woman found dead in Crete five years ago has made an emotional appeal on a Greek talkshow, hoping for a breakthrough in the case.
Jean Hanlon disappeared after a night out on 9 March 2009 and was found dead in the sea four days later, off the coast of Heraklion.
The coroner in Crete said Hanlon, who had been living on the Mediterranean island since 2005, had drowned but her family maintain she was murdered.
A second post-mortem examination held after pressure from Hanlon’s family, and after the case featured in a Greek TV crime show, revealed she had suffered a broken neck, shattered ribs, a punctured lung and facial injuries consistent with a struggle.
But a murder investigation launched in 2010 proved inconclusive due to lack of evidence and prosecutors have so far failed to re-open it.
Her son, Michael Porter, 25, appeared on popular Greek talkshow “Mia” on Tuesday in a bid to prompt witnesses to come forward in his fight for justice and to get authorities to reopen the case.
He told host Tatiana Stefanidou that the family are desperate to trace a mystery man Hamlon had been in a relationship with, reading the last entry in his mother’s diary, which said she was about to end the relationship.
On the night of her disappearance Hanlon had reportedly met a man at a bar in Heraklion and telephoned a friend, sounding as if she had been drugged, saying she wanted to get away. She later sent a text message with the single word: “Help.”
Porter said: “We haven’t been able to find out who that man was and I think she was with him when she was killed.
“People must know who he is because she mentions in the diary where they met and where they were out together.
“I would appeal to the people of Crete, and of Greece, if you know anything, no matter how small, please contact us or the police.
“No matter what your connection is to them, please have a heart, my mother didn’t deserve what happened to her – to throw someone’s body in the water and hope it wasn’t found is disgusting.”
Last month Porter took part in a protest at the Greek Embassy in London, along with other families who have lost loved ones overseas, to express their frustration at the way Greek police have handled their cases.
After meeting officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the first time last month, Porter said: “It has been a bit of a breakthrough… As with anybody else they can’t promise that they can change the law but will back [us] and show that they are behind us.”