Family set for £20,000 each after mystery Brit’s body lies unclaimed in morgue
A British team of genealogists have tracked down 18 relatives of Patricia Lambert whose body was stuck in a morgue abroad – her long-lost family will get a share of her estate
The family of a British woman who had been lying unclaimed in a morgue are all set to get around £20,000 each after being tracked down.
An urgent appeal to find relatives of Patricia Lambert was launched in a bid to stop her receiving a pauper’s funeral in Cyprus after she was found dead.
The 86-year-old apparently had no known relatives and her body had not been claimed for eight months.
But just one day after spotting a newspaper article appealing for relatives to come forward, one was found thanks to team of experts from Anglia Research Services in Ipswich.
The team of probate genealogists went on to find 17 more of Patricia’s relatives, with each one set to receive a windfall of around £10,000 to £20,000.
Speaking to the Mirror executive director Philip Turvey said the case from Cyprus had been intriguing, but it didn’t take them long to find Ms Lambert’s lost relatives.
He said: “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.”
He added: “Her property will be sold, but the process could take weeks, months or years.”
Mr Turvey said his company was originally started by his father Peter in 1979.
His dad had an interest in discovering his own family history, then started looking into other people’s family trees for them too.
The company now has a team of 50 staff and are employed all over the world, with people, charities and solicitors asking for their skills in tracking people down.
Mr Turvey added: “It can be really interesting once you put the two parties in touch, you can find out more about the deceased person.
“Sometimes people get in touch to tell us they have had a life-changing amount left to them and what they plan to do with their windfall.”