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British tourists are found dead ‘beside traces of heroin’ in Turkey

Turkish police are investigating the deaths of two British holidaymakers after they were found dead in their tent during their camping holiday in the Turkish Riviera.

The bodies of Natasha Amanda-Jane Layman, 46, and James Samuel Bryers, 51, were discovered on Monday by camp workers after they grew suspicious when the couple hadn’t been seen for 48 hours.

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Ms Layman and Mr Bryers arrived at Gunluklu Bay, a resort on the Turkish Riviera just west of the popular harbour city of Fethiye, two days earlier.

Their autopsy revealed they died of an overdose and a small amount of heroin was found near their lifeless bodies, according to local Turkish reports. 

The dead bodies of Natasha Amanda-Jane Layman, 46, and James Samuel Bryers, 51, were discovered by Turkish camp workers on Monday

Ms Layman and Mr Bryers arrived at Gunluklu Bay (pictured), a resort on the Turkish Riviera just west of the popular harbour city of Fethiye, two days earlier

Ms Layman and Mr Bryers arrived at Gunluklu Bay (pictured), a resort on the Turkish Riviera just west of the popular harbour city of Fethiye, two days earlier

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Police and medics were called to the location but they could only confirm the death of the couple at the time.

An initial investigation found no scars or any indications of the cause of death and a postmortem was ordered. 

Local officials said that both the bodies had been taken to the Institution of Forensic Medicine in the city of Mugla for a postmortem to be carried out.

Local Doğan News Agency reported that heroin was found in their tent and that their autopsies showed they died of an overdose.  

The Fethiye public prosecutor’s office confirmed that they were carrying out an official investigation into the deaths.

Their autopsies revealed they died of an overdose as a small amount of heroin was found near their lifeless bodies, according to local Turkish reports. Pictured: Natasha Layman 

Their autopsies revealed they died of an overdose as a small amount of heroin was found near their lifeless bodies, according to local Turkish reports. Pictured: Natasha Layman 

The Fethiye public prosecutor's office confirmed that they were carrying out an official investigation into the deaths

The Fethiye public prosecutor’s office confirmed that they were carrying out an official investigation into the deaths

Gunluklu Bay, located 12 miles west of Fethiye, has a sandy beach often photographed because of its Styrax trees, from which the bay takes its name in Turkish.

Local media reported the area is a beloved camping spot for both locals and tourists alike and is not a secluded place.

It also features some beach clubs and restaurants.

According to British Ambassador to Turkey Dominick Chilcott, almost three million British holidaymakers are expected to visit Turkey in 2018.  



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