Natalie Christopher & # 39; s friend describes sadness after death in Greece
The friend of the British astrophysicist Natalie Christopher spoke for the first time of his heartbreak about her tragic death on a Greek island.
Kyriakos Ashikalis said he destroyed & # 39; was because of the loss of his 34-year-old girlfriend after she dumped a 65-foot canyon on Monday.
Ashikalis warned about Dr. disappearance. Christopher when she did not return to the cottage where they stayed at Ikaria.
The 38-year-old said: & # 39; It's hard to put into words how I feel now. Of course I'm devastated and it's so hard to talk about what happened.
& # 39; There will come a time when I can talk, but it is not now. & # 39;
Ashikalis, member of the board of directors of a travel organization, knew Dr. Christopher for five years and both lived in Cyprus.
He has been on the island since she was discovered on Wednesday and identified the body of his girlfriend by her clothes, including her distinctive running shoes.
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Kyriakos Ashikalis, 38, (left) had reported that Dr. Natalie Christopher, 34, (right) was missing on Monday morning when she did not return from her jog on the Aegean island of Ikaria
Members of the rescue team after finding Dr. Natalie Christopher's body, one of the rescuers described how her 38-year-old boyfriend was to be detained on site by officers on Wednesday evening
Dr. Christopher was an avid runner and her friend says she went jogging on Monday morning on the Aegean island of Ikaria – her body was found about 1.5 km from where she was staying with her friend in Kerame
Ashikalis has been on the island of Ikaria since she was discovered Wednesday, but plans to return to his home in Nicosia, Cyprus at the weekend
He plans to return to Nicosia, Cyprus this weekend and add: & # 39; There are still a few things to be solved and I will be here until they are ready. & # 39;
A coroner judged that her death was most likely coincidental after a preliminary investigation at the place where search and rescue workers found her body.
A savior had previously described how Mr. Ashikalis was stopped by police while shouting in fear where her body was found at the bottom of the gap.
& # 39; He screamed and cried and tried to run up the track to be with her & # 39 ;, said a rescue worker. & # 39; He was desperate and walked up and down and tried to get past the police. He wanted to see the body. I don't think he could believe she was dead.
& # 39; I saw him later and he was calmed down, but his face was completely white. I have never seen anyone so colorless. & # 39;
Volunteer firefighter Vagelis Kriaras, who first dr. Christopher discovered, Mr Ashikalis' message revealed to him on Wednesday evening.
He wrote to Mr. Kriaras: & # 39; To all the kind-hearted boys who helped, thank you very much. Civil protection, volunteers and firefighters … thanks. & # 39;
Coroner Nikos Karakoukis, who traveled from Athens to the island, said he had found a large pool of blood under her head where it had hit a rock.
The coroner said that his preliminary investigation led him to believe that the death of astrophysicists & # 39; almost certainly an accident & # 39; used to be.
He said: & # 39; There was a large pool of blood under her head. She has a very serious head injury. Everything shows that death came from a fall from a height. & # 39;
He said a further examination of the body and autopsy would reveal the exact circumstances of her death.
Local police and volunteer firefighters who participated in the search told Mail Online that it was likely that Dr. Christopher fell while trying to climb a 13-foot cliff along the running path.
After falling and hitting her head at the bottom of the canyon, a large boulder landed on her hip during her fall.
Rescue workers found her cell phone in a bag that was used by runners around her waist.
Dr.'s body Christopher is transported in a coffin from an accident to the hospital in a car
Coroner Nikos Karakoukis speaks with police officers this morning near the area where Dr. Christopher was found
Volunteer firefighter Vagelis Kriaras told Greek TV that he was talking to Dr. Christopher's grieving friend, who wrote to him: & # 39; To all kind-hearted boys (& # 39; leventis & # 39;) who helped, very thank you very much. Civil protection, volunteers and firefighters … thanks & # 39;
Research leader Costas Markakis said it was uncertain whether Christopher climbed up or down the gorge when she fell.
But he said that a lot of rain in the winter months meant that rocks were unstable.
He said: & # 39; The rocks in the area are very loose after a bad winter with a lot of rain. They are not stable.
& # 39; All local people know this and do not try to climb it.
Forensic teams accompanied the coroner to the ravine where Christopher's body was discovered on Wednesday at 4:30 PM.
Police officers block the way to the area where the body of the missing 34-year-old British Natalie Christopher was found on the island of Ikaria
He was helped from the steep slope yesterday to conduct his research before the body was placed on a stretcher and lifted back to the track.
A coffin with the body of the scientist was placed in a 4×4 at the back and driven to the local airport to be flown back to Athens for a full autopsy.
Forensic teams spent nearly three hours on the scene by searching with a fingertip and taking photos of the body and position of fallen rocks.
A procession of vehicles, including a water truck and ambulance, left after the coroner had driven away with the police chief of Ikaria.
Around 9 p.m. on the eve of her disappearance, she posted photos of a trip to Seychelles beach where she talked about her interest in climbing
Dr. Christopher and her Cypriot friend stayed at the Blue Seaside Studios overlooking the sparkling blue sea in the small seaside town of Kerame on the picturesque island of Ikaria.
They would have flown back to Nicosia in Cyprus on Monday when Dr. Christopher, an avid runner and mountain climber, left for a morning jog.
She ran a steep concrete path from her cottage to a dusty path that ran along the main road that ran through the island.
A police source told Mail Online that Dr. Christopher had left the one-bedroom holiday home at 8 am without breakfast.
Her boyfriend called her on his cell phone to tell her to return to the cottage because they were leaving the island in the early afternoon.
After briefly speaking with her, he was unable to contact her and later raised the alarm.
Tribute from friend to & # 39; one of a kind & # 39; runner, astronomer, triathlete and nature lover
Natalie Christopher in a photo on social media
A running colleague of Natalie Christopher placed a warm tribute to her last night and called her & # 39; one of a kind & # 39;
Christelle de Jäger from the Cyprus Trail Runners wrote on the club's Facebook page: & Trailrunner, astronomer, triathlete, climber, nature lover, peace activist, feminist and animal protector – Natalie Christopher was all of this, and more.
& # 39; One of the most intelligent people we have ever met, she had a passion for life and lived it to the fullest, with unlimited joy.
& # 39; When she was trail running, we could always hear her coming. She howled with delight through the forest and laughed and screamed and squeaked like a child as she danced rocky slopes, as light as a gazelle at her feet.
Ze She would ooh with wonder to the sky above, and then aah about the beauty of small blue orchid in the crack of a rock.
& # 39; Natalie, a cat lover, could never resist taking in another abandoned, injured kitten. Perhaps there was no room in her house, but there was always room in her heart. She traveled with cat food in her car so that she could feed all the hungry animals she saw. And once she found a dog that had been run over and abandoned, she also took care of the dog, paid veterinary costs with her limited income, and made sure that he eventually found a good home in the UK.
& # 39; When she put on her astronomical hat to talk about black holes and galaxies for the lay public, her passion for her subject inspired us to want to know more about the universe in which we live.
& # 39; More importantly, on our still-divided island, Natalie was loved and respected by people from all over Cyprus – north, south, east and west. She really loved her country and wanted to bring Cypriots together from across the & # 39; gap & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Although it wasn't a natural early bird, Natalie somehow found time to be unique, and the island now has a huge, impossible to fill gap.
& # 39; She has really changed lives, and she will never be forgotten.
& # 39; We hope that Natalie now runs among the stars and planets she loved so much – who criss-crossed the galaxy and jumped over moon rays. & # 39;
Dr.'s friends Christopher paid tribute to her joyful outlook on life and compassion
The holiday home where the 34-year-old British astrophysicist stayed before she was found dead in a canyon
More than 100 voluntary firefighters took part in the search, together with a police helicopter with a camera for searching for heat.
The area where Dr. Christopher was finally found was searched three times by rescue workers, but she had not seen her body because of the rocky terrain and thick bushes.
Michael Christodolou, 38, was one of the first on the scene after a warning about their walkie-talkies that a body had been found.
He said: & # 39; Once we saw the body, it was clear that there was no sign of life. We were all very discouraged because we hoped that she would be found alive.
Before he arrived on the island of Ikaria, Dr. Christopher took a photo of her bathing in waters at Lemonakia Beach on the neighboring island of Samos
& # 39; Some participants were very sad. They had high hopes that she would be found with so many people, but it was clear that there was no hope for her. & # 39;
More than a dozen Christopher friends, including some from a running club in Cyprus to which she belonged, had flown to Ikaria to participate in the search.
They were left destroyed after the news spread that a body had been found.
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