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Support for family of Burnham woman Fran Rossiter killed in Egypt
10:10am Thursday 19th July 2012 in News
BURNHAM and Highbridge MP Tessa Munt has promised to support the family of a local woman who is believed to have been murdered in Egypt.
Fran Rossiter, aged 69, died in the city of Hurghada on June 8 and the Foreign Office has confirmed Egyptian police are investigating her death.
The Sun newspaper has reported that Mrs Rossiter (pictured) moved to Egypt in 2010 to be with her younger partner. The paper also reports that she was strangled.
Ms Munt said: “I contacted the Foreign Office as soon as I became aware of this incident and I'm keen to ensure that the family gets as much help as can be given and a full explanation from the Foreign Office about what's happening.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the death of Frances Rossiter in Hurghada in Egypt and are providing consular assistance to her family.
“We are also aware the Egyptian police are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.”
The Weekly News understands Mrs Rossiter has a son and daughter who both live in Burnham.
Her grandchildren attended St Andrew's School in Burnham, where she was a former vice-chair of governors.
St Andrew's head teacher Gavin Morris said: “She was a great friend of the school, which has been reflected in the family's decision to direct donations to the school.
“She loved the school and we loved her. She was popular, friendly and always had a smile on her face. She always gave me a big hug when she saw me.”
Mr Morris said Taunton Deane Crematorium was packed for Mrs Rossiter's funeral, held earlier this month.
He also said the school is planning a permanent tribute to Mrs Rossiter on the school grounds, in consultation with her family.