Body of Brit woman, 86, in morgue for 8 months – as squatters move into her home

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The body of an 86-year-old woman has lain unclaimed in a Cyprus morgue for eight months.

Patricia Lambert passed away in January 2021 aged 86.

Authorities are now urgently trying to trace any family or loved ones to claim her body.

If no-one does by the end of the year, the state will give her a pauper's funeral, MyLondonreports.

The Cypriot press has also reported that withdrawals have been made from her bank account, and squatters have now moved into her apartment in Kato Pathos.

Ken Corlett, a financial investigator working on the case, told Cyprus Mail: "I got involved because I am investigating fraudulent withdrawals from her Isle of Man bank account.

"I have also contacted a company that specialises in tracing relatives of deceased people run by an ex-policeman.

"He identified a Patricia Lambert born in Marylebone, London and another in Croydon, London, with the same date of birth, married in Ealing, London to Terence Lambert (born Stepney in 1938).

"Not having Patricia’s passport has been a hindrance for me," he added.

Mr Corlett also thinks that Patricia could have been married twice and has a relative called Rosemary Lambert, but has not been able to verify this.

Patricia also apparently worked for Gallaher’s Tobacco in London, which was taken over by a company called JTI.

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However, a search of their employee records found no evidence that Patricia had ever worked there.

Her friends in Cyprus say Patricia did have a partner, John, in Paphos, and that they lived separately before he passed away.

John died a few months before Patricia, according to friends, and his death was a significant catalyst in her own health deteriorating.

They told the Cyprus Mail: "She became much weaker and disturbed after this as he had died in his home and his body wasn’t discovered for a few days, it was very upsetting."

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When a British national dies overseas and they do not have any known family, the British High Commission must apply to the state where they died for a burial.

Usually, this process is delayed for enough time to trace any family.

Although there is not a "set time" that bodies can remain in mortuaries, according to Angel Guardians Funeral Home in Paphos, bodies are usually kept around one year.

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