Justice for Jean

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Raised by 66 people in 51 months
Jean Hanlon/Porter disappeared on Monday 9 March 2009 and her bruised and battered body was pulled from Heraklion Harbour on Friday 13 March 2009. 

The initial post mortem decreed that her death was an accidental drowning, however after identifying her scarcely recognisable body in the morgue and seeing her horrific numerous injuries, Michael Porter and his brothers, Robert and David, realised that this conclusion must be incorrect and this was backed up by information they had been told leading up to her disappearance.

Focusing on this awful image together with further personal research, they persisted with the authorities that there was no way this could have been a total accident.  Their diligence and perseverance led the authorities to give them an updated version of the post mortem findings and they were then told that her injuries were such that she would have been dead before entering the water.  She had a broken neck, shattered ribs, punctured lung and showed signs of a struggle.  This information then led to the official final conclusion that her body must have been discarded in the water by persons as yet unidentified.

On a personal level, Michael and his brothers know that there was no secondary post mortem done, so they strongly believe that this information was always known and they also believe that the Greek authorities just wanted to dismiss the case as an accident to avoid adverse publicity for the forthcoming summer season

Since then, the family have given all the information they have to the authorities in Heraklion and there have been intermittent episodes of investigation that have led nowhere as yet and they feel, with increasing frustration, that the authorities are just not digging deep enough as there are still many unanswered questions and inconsistencies that have not been fully investigated and explored thoroughly. The case was archived in 2015 but was then re-opened after Michael’s personal meeting with the Greek Ambassador in London who was very helpful and supportive and who wrote a personal letter, on Embassy headed paper, to the Greek prosecutor giving his support to Jean’s case.  On seeing the high-profile support that the family had, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office realised that maybe they needed to show willing and offered temporary support on one occasion but this interest has long since dwindled

The Porter family found a Greek lawyer who worked tirelessly for them but in mid-2018 he felt that he had done all he could and relinquished the case which has since been archived again by the prosecutor in Heraklion.  Michael and his brothers have since spoken to a new lawyer who has advised them that he agrees that there are many unanswered questions and inaccuracies in the case but unless new information/evidence comes to light, there are no actual grounds at present to re-open the case.  The family is, however fully aware that, according to Greek law, the case will remain filed until 2029 when it will be closed for ever

As this is the 10th Anniversary of Jean’s death, Michael has put together a memorial video which showcases the highs and lows the family have experienced and also it reiterates his personal heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has helped and supported them over the past 10 years. 

10 Year Memorial 

The Porter family will never give up until they have answers on what happened to their Mum and to this end Michael has also set up a Change.Org petition and this is a heartfelt plea for people to read, sign and share so it can reach as wide an audience as possible, and hopefully enough signatures for people to actually take notice.  You can view and sign the petition here.  Please remember to also share!!

The money raised from this GoFundMe campaign will be used to help fund the Porter family’s legal fight to get Jean’s case re-opened and to fund the costs of this.  Whatever money is not used for this purpose will be donated to D.A.Y.N.A (Death Abroad You’re Not Alone) which is a charity that gives support to people who, like the Porter family, have lost someone abroad.  These people are a group that has been mostly forgotten by the British government and needs help to raise their profile and in turn gain momentum for their cause
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Only 5 more days till we do our paraglide. Thank you massively to all the sponsors so far. We will be having it filmed for proof & laughs
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1 week count down - All booked & crapping ourselves.
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Only 1 Day To Go!!!!! Can't make it??? Want to help??? Then why not donate & support the campaign xx #JusticeForJean
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Happy Easter from everyone at "They Live In You".

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£1,565 of £3,000 goal

Raised by 66 people in 51 months
Created February 3, 2015
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Suzanne Franklin
10 months ago

Sending love, Suzanne and Jennifer xx

Mick Bott
10 months ago

All the best, stay safe, and good luck for the future

10 months ago
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