Greek corpses have ruled the death of an American biologist, Suzanne Eaton, saying that she was choked, stabbed, and cut off one of her ears
Several people have been questioned by the police about investigating the murder of the American biologist Dr. Suzanne Eaton and have provided DNA samples that DailyMail.com can reveal.
The suspects were detained after investigators merged Eaton & # 39; s last moves before disappearing with the help of two witnesses who saw her in the hours before she went missing.
They were released after interrogation, but the police think they are close to a breakthrough in their investigation.
An 85-year-old gardener and an elderly fisherman both independently told detectives that they saw 59-year-old Dr. Eaton in the village of Afrata, which is three miles from where she had stayed.
Officers now believe that Dr. Eaton, who had two sons, had disappeared a kilometer outside Afrata when she returned to the Orthodox Academy of Crete, where she would become a keynote conference speaker.
The witnesses said they had seen her in Afrata, a former fishing village that does not have CCTV cameras on the street.
But they remain adamant in the picturesque village, which is surrounded by cliffs and olive trees and where sheep roam, before returning to the academy.
The retired gardener, who asked not to be identified, told DailyMail.com: “I saw her and I recognized her by the pictures of her. I also correctly told the police the pink and purple colors of her clothes.
& # 39; She walked pretty fast near a bridge and a small church on the road from the village. I walked and she passed me. I'm sad about what happened to her. & # 39;
Eaton disappeared on July 2 and was last seen playing the piano at the Orthodox Academy before running between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., leaving her phone and wallet behind. It was discovered in a cave from the Second World War near the settlement of Xamoudochori on Monday evening
Eaton & # 39; s body landed face down, about 200 feet within the labyrinth of passages that run through this cave (photo)
The police have interrogated several people and arrested potential suspects, believing that they are close to the murderer of Eaton, can reveal DailyMail.com
It is believed that she met her murderer or murderer on the road from Afrata and possibly got exhausted in the heat of 90 degrees and walked four miles.
She had walked north from the academy and her body was found about six miles south of the academy in a cave that had been a Nazi bunker during World War II.
It is thought that she was picked up and choked from the road outside Afrata before she was dumped into a cave near Xamoudochori by a shaft.
Her body was still not released to her British husband and forensic tests are being conducted to see if she was raped.
One of the last people to see her alive, Katerina Karkala-Zormpa of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, told DailyMail.com: “She was in a good mood and laughed when she came through the reception.
& # 39; She played the piano and then went outside. She always felt safe here and it was her fourth visit.
& # 39; She felt so at ease here that she left her room unlocked with the key in it and her belongings.
& # 39; It was a big shock when we heard she was missing. She always walked when she was here and I couldn't believe she got lost, & Karkala-Zormpa said. & # 39; Her family came here and worked so hard to find her. They always sent emails and on the phone and helped with the search. & # 39;
& # 39; It was so sad when her body was discovered, but somehow it was a relief because they at least knew what had happened. Of course they wanted to find her alive, but after a week they just had to know.
& # 39; After she died, we discovered what a brilliant scientist she was and the incredible research she had done. She was very modest and did not make a big deal about her performance, & she added. & # 39; The whole thing had been very difficult and we hope that the murderer or murderers are found as quickly as possible. & # 39;
Greek authorities say they are working on the theory that Eaton was murdered elsewhere and that her body was transported to the bunker after her death
Local villagers said they believed that only someone from the area would have known about the cave, which is off a dust trail and then means a trek through rugged forest and is not easily visible to the naked eye or from the road
The police think the murderer may not have entered the cave itself, which is accessible from another entrance and only dropped the corpse through a shaft that was covered with a wooden pallet before it drove away. Her body landed face down, about 200 feet in the labyrinth of passages that run through the cave
She said that Dr. Eaton was an experienced and fit walker and would not normally have accepted a ride from strangers.
The police also talk to cell phone companies in Crete that the murderer or murderers may have had on them when they were choked, stabbed and cut her off before dumping her body.
The authorities are trying to determine whether a telephone signal was picked up by mobile phone masts near the remote olive fields where her body was found.
Crucially, they indicated a two-hour period on the night of Tuesday, July 2, when different phone signals were picked up in an area that they thought had been known to them and a few from outside the area.
DailyMail.com previously revealed that in the days after the mother-of-two's body was found, agents were walking around the former Nazi bunker, talking to the three largest telephone companies in Greece, Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind, from their own mobile phone.
They talked to telephone technicians and technicians while they were in the forest and asked if their locations were identifiable.
A source said: & # 39; They did this because they wanted to test their own phones and coordinates close to the cave and then, using GPS mapping and computer data, find out what other mobile phones in that area were in the last week been.
& # 39; It is a lonely place and there is no reason really except for walkers or cave explorers, for everyone to go there.
& # 39; If the killers had their phone, they think that is enough to find them.
& # 39; There can't be many people going there, and if that is the night her body stays there, they will be looking for the owners of the cell phones that were picked up in the area at the time. & # 39;
Eaton & # 39; s husband is the British scientist Anthony Hyman. He is now supposed to be in Crete. Eaton was also a professor at the Technical University of Dresden in the city where she lived for 25 years
Crucially, the police pointed out a two-hour period on the night of the murder, when several phone calls were picked up in an area they thought would be known to the murderer and few outside the area
Greek rescue workers reported that there are ongoing & # 39; intensive investigations in the area of Kolymbari & # 39;
Those who visited the area found strong 4G signal strength on their cell phones, stimulated by two towering telephone towers in the area.
It was also revealed that the murderer dumped Dr. Eaton's corpse, still dressed in her chassis, through a shaft, a drop of about 40 feet.
They did this by removing a wooden pallet from the shaft and dropping the body down where it came down with the front, about 200 feet in the labyrinth of corridors that run through the cave.
Police and forensic officers thoroughly investigated the cave, close to Xamoudochori and their discarded plastic gloves and other debris lay in the opening of the cave, which is partially blocked by a fallen tree and is only accessible on hands and feet.
Local villagers said they believed that only someone from the area would have known about the cave, which is off a dust trail and then enters a journey through rugged forest and is not easily visible to the naked eye or from the road.
An olive farmer, Petros, told Mail Online: & This is something terrible to happen to that woman. The killer must be crazy.
& # 39; But he also needs to know about the cave. Very few people come from outside the area and know about it. It is far from everyone. & # 39;
Another local, who is studying as a radiologist, added: & What a terrible end this lady came across. She did great things with her research and work. I really feel for her family. & # 39;
A restaurant owner in Afrata said: & This has frightened many people. Dr. Eaton was here and she was killed. How did that happen here?
& # 39; This is not the kind of place where such bad things happen. People say that after 9 p.m. they are afraid to go out until the person who did this is caught. & # 39;
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