ATHENS – Greek authorities say the bodies of three women who are believed to have entered Greece illegally from Turkey were found in a northeastern border region.
Police said the bodies were discovered Wednesday close to the River Evros, which runs along the land border between Turkey and Greece.
The area is a major entry point for migrants trying to enter Greece illegally, and has recently seen an upsurge in traffic.
Tens of thousands of migrants are trapped in Greece, including some 19,000 on the country’s eastern Aegean Sea islands.
Most are seeking to continue on to more prosperous European countries, but blocked by a series of closed borders in the Balkans.
Turkey’s coast guard says a boat carrying migrants has capsized off the country’s Aegean coast, killing at least nine people.
A search and rescue mission was underway Wednesday for about 25 migrants who are believed to be missing.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency obtained a statement a statement to police by an Iraqi woman who swam back to shore and sought help from Turkish authorities. She reported that the boat with carrying up to 35 passengers capsized Monday evening.
Anadolu reported the 30-year-old woman said she boarded the boat with her husband and their five children.