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Questions raised over circumstances of elderly woman’s death (Update 2)

State pathologist Angeliki Papetta at the scene on Wednesday (CNA)

Questions over the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman found late on Tuesday night near Limassol hospital are being raised.

The body of the woman has not been officially identified because it is in a state of decomposition. However, it is likely to be that of 79-year-old Maroula Kyriakou who has been missing since August1, CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said on Wednesday after a post mortem was carried out.

DNA testing will be needed to confirm if it is her body.

Maria (Maroula) Kyriakou

Kyriakou was treated in hospital on August 1 and released the same day. Shortly afterwards she was found in the centre of the city where she had fainted and taken back to the hospital where she was treated and released again.

There have as yet been no statements over why doctors admitted and released her from hospital twice in the same day, especially in light of the fact that she fainted soon after being released for the first time.

It has been reported the woman was suffering from serious health problems but not what they were which made her act as she did and required her to be treated in hospital.

She had not been seen since she was released for the second time and police were notified of her disappearance by relatives.

A post mortem was carried out by state pathologist Angeliki Papetta on Wednesday morning at the scene, next to the hospital’s heliport where the body was found at 9pm on Tuesday.

CID chief Ioannis Sotiriades said the possibility of foul play has been ruled out.

Sotiriadis also referred to recent investigations into the 79-year-old’s health problems and the protocol for missing persons.

“The missing was considered to belong to a vulnerable group, so police, along with volunteers and the civil defence, were activated, even using police dogs to track her down,” he said.

The elderly relatives of the woman reportedly arrived at the scene in an attempt to identify her in the morning.

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