Missing American Scientist Whose Body Was Found in Crete Is Homicide Victim

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

The American scientist found murdered on the Mediterranean island of Crete fought for her life against an attacker armed with a knife, according to a police source who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.

Eaton's body was located about 200 feet from the entrance to the bunker, "bruised" and covered in burlap, according to the Greek Reporter.

"This was a criminal act, death by asphyxiation", a police source told AFP.

Her sister added that Eaton would often worry about not giving her family enough time as well as devoting herself to science. Relatives believed she had gone jogging because her running clothes and shoes were missing from her room, which contained all of her other belongings including her passport and cellphone. "There was duration involved".

The death of a scientist who graduated from high school in Northern Westchester in Greece has been ruled a homicide.

It was the well-known scientist's fifth time at the worldwide conference which took place at the Orthodox Academy's premises in Kolymbari, Chania. Colleagues at scientific conferences told the police that, in their opinion, she went for a jog in the area.

The remains of Dr. Suzanne Eaton were found in a Nazi-era bunker in the island of Crete on Thursday, CNN reported.

Nikos Papaleonidas of Greece's disaster management unit said the warren of interconnecting passageways inside the bunker had been constructed by German troops to protect them from air raids. "After walking through tunnels and rambling routes, we finally arrived" at Eaton's body. Police say she had been suffocated.

Suzanne Eaton, 59, who graduated from Byram Hills High School in Armonk in 1977, was found dead on Monday, July 8, said her employer, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany. Given that fact - and the tone of the institute's statement - one can not rule out that the police should be looking for several suspects.

The 59-year-old was described as a strong athlete and an avid runner with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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