Body of missing American scientist found on Greek island

Greek police have recovered a woman’s body on the island of Crete they think belonged to an American scientist who was reported missing last week while attending a conference.

Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, was last seen July 2. Colleagues at the conference said they believed Eaton had gone for a run near the port of Chania.

Greek authorities said the body found Monday was in an abandoned World War II bunker in northwest Crete, about seven miles from where Eaton was staying.

While the body hasn’t been identified, the German institute on Tuesday expressed “enormous sadness and regret” over Eaton’s death.

#MISSINGPERSON • 2ND UPDATE 7/6 noon Greece time • My aunt, Dr. Suzanne Eaton, has gone missing in Crete. Sue was last seen Tuesday afternoon, 3pm, at the Orthodox Academy of Crete. . €50,000 REWARD for information that leads us to Suzanne. Contact Greek police with any leads! . We have strong reason to believe that Suzanne left on a run Tuesday between 15:00 and 17:00, without her phone, wallet, cash, or passport (as was her custom); her running shoes are not in her room, and she went on a run at the same time the previous day. She runs every day for 30 mins. . Today, the search continues with the support of a Greek helicopter, more tracker dogs, the Red Cross, the Greek army, police and fire brigades, and coast guard divers. The Greek authorities have also extended a welcome to German resources, which we hope will come soon. . Suzanne is a molecular biologist from @mpicbg, attending a conference at @orthodox_academy_of_crete. . Thank you to everyone who has shared this story; your support means more to me than I can say. ❤️ . . #pleaseshare #missingpeople #missingscientist #femalescientist #missingwoman #taikwondo #blackbelt #molecularbiology #runner #crete #greece #share #searchandrescue #urgent #lifeordeath #Prokopis #Pavlopoulos #ProkopisPavlopoulos #greekgovernment #greece @visitgreecegr @stef_greece @discover.greece @western_greece @greece_drone #searchingforsuzanne

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It said the biologist from Oakland, California, “was an outstanding and inspiring scientist, a loving spouse and mother, an athlete, as well as a truly wonderful person beloved to us all.”

Police have opened an investigation into the cause of death, and transferred the body to the city of Rethymno for an autopsy to determine whether a crime was committed. Homicide detectives from Athens were traveling to Crete to lead the investigation.

Crete police spokesperson Eleni Papathanassiou told ABC News the investigation was still in its early stages.

“At the moment, all possibilities are being examined,” Papathanassiou said Wednesday.

Eaton is survived by her husband, Israeli-born molecular scientist Anthony Hyman, and the couple’s two sons.

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