US scientist found dead after going for run in Crete died of asphyxiation
11th July 2019

Greek police suspect foul play in the death of an American scientist whose body was found on the island of Crete a week after she went missing.

Her body was found on Monday in a disused military bunker on the Greek island, a week after she was first reported missing, police sources said today.

Suzanne Eaton, 60, a molecular biologist at the world-renowned Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was found dead in a disused military bunker.

A post-mortem on Wednesday concluded that she died of asphyxiation, one police source said.

A second source said contusions found on the victim may have been inflicted to immobilise her.

Eaton had been on the island for a science conference.

It was thought she had gone for a run, and colleagues raised the alarm when she failed to return.

Her passport, wallet, phone, cash, and cycling shoes were in her hotel room but her running shoes were missing, according to a social media page set up by family and friends appealing for help finding her.

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