Missing American scientist's death in Greece points to homicide: cops

Makis Kartsonakis  Reuters

Makis Kartsonakis Reuters

Her body was eventually found in a bunker dug by the Nazis when they controlled Crete, the bunker, which is not well known and is not a tourist attraction, leads some to suspect an involvement by a neo-Nazi person or persons who would know of it, the Daily Beast reported.

The police in Greece have confirmed that U.S.scientist Suzanne Eaton, who had gone missing on the island of Crete, was aspyxiated.

"We can securely say that this was a homicide, a criminal act", Coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis told Greece's ANT1 News.

Her body was found in a network of tunnels that were used by the Nazi to store ammunition after the Battle of Crete in 1941. Tributes flowed on Thursday, with her mother, son, siblings and other friends and relatives praising her life and work.

"She took great pleasure in preparing exquisite meals and had an exotic fashion sense". She had a black belt in Taekwondo and had visited many countries as part of her scientific career. She finished crossword puzzles way too quickly, played concertos, and read extensively.

In this undated photo provided by her family, showing American 59-year-old molecular biologist Suzanne Eaton. "She fit Jane Austin's strictest description of an "accomplished woman" while maintaining a natural humility and "insatiable curiosity". "With a deep sensitivity and compassion, she somehow made us all a priority".

The Max Planck Institute and its staff offered their "most honest condolences to Suzanne's family" stating they will forever remember an "extraordinary scientist so caring and so devoted to her family and friends ad so beloved by us all". Local police told the Greek Reporter that an examination of Eaton's body determined she died as a result of suffocation.

The biologist disappeared on the island of Crete on July 2 while jogging. "We are deeply shocked and disturbed by this tragic event". In a personal letter to her husband, Tony Hyman, Max Planck President Martin Stratmann paid tribute to Suzanne Eaton as an outstanding scientist and a wonderful human being.

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