Remains found in Lanzarote believed to be of missing British woman

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The remains of a woman have been found at the bottom of a cliff in Lanzarote.

The Guardia Civil believe it could be those of 65 year old Margaret Holt from the Wirral, but they are awaiting the results of forensic tests to confirm the identity. The police say the death appears to have been accidental.

The body was discovered in a remote area of Haria by a fisherman.

Mrs Holt was last seen alive leaving her hotel in the resort of Costa Teguise on the morning of December 23, 2011. The experienced walker was spotted later in the afternoon in the northerly Orzola region of the island.

Official search and rescue teams were stood down after 72 hours, leaving ex-patriates and other residents organising searches themselves along with Mrs Holt’s son, Ben Riley, and his wife, Clare.

Mr Riley flew out to the island to help in the search and appealed on Spanish television for help to find his mother.

But in January of this year he said he now believed she was dead and the only news he was likely to receive would be when or if her body was found.

A Foreign Office spokesman said they are aware a body has been discovered and are making inquiries with Spanish authorities.

They are also providing assistance to the family.

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