Authorities in Cyprus have spent the past few months searching for the family of a woman whose body was left unclaimed in a morgue.
Patricia Lambert, 86, passed away in January 2021 in Paphos Cyprus, and a desperate search on social media and beyond has been underway to locate her family for funeral arrangements.
Patricia’s family has now been tracked down and each of them will receive around £20,000 each as her estate is shared between them.
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The family were found thanks to wide ranging media coverage regarding Patricia’s death, and through a team of experts from Anglia Research Services in Ipswich.
The research team of probate genealogists found over 17 of Patricia’s relatives, and each will receive a windfall of between £10,000 and £20,000.
Executive director from Anglia Research Services, Philip Turvey, told The Mirror that the case from Cyprus had been intriguing, but it didn’t take them long to find Patricia’s relatives.
“Ms Lambert had a property in a nice area of Pathos, which will be worth something. It won’t be a life changing amount, but will be in the thousands.
“The relatives will come into a bit of money.
“She had no will, so the first thing that will need sorting out is her funeral.
“It will be held according to what it is thought her wishes or beliefs would have been,” Philip said.
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Philip added that her property will be sold, but that this could be a lengthy process.
According to Patricia’s friends in Cyprus, the 86-year old did have a partner, John, in Paphos but they lived separately before his death.
John died a few months before her death, and his death was thought to be the catalyst in her health deteriorating.
Patricia’s friends told 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.”
When a British national dies overseas with no known family, the British High Commission has to apply to the state for a burial if the family of the deceased is not located.
Ken Corlett, a financial investigator working on the case, previously revealed that a Patricia Lambert born in Marylebone, and another in Croydon, with the same date of birth – who was married in Ealing to Terence Lambert – had both been identified as possibly being the same Patricia Lambert.
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