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
The body of a murdered American biologist found in a Nazi bunker in Crete, Greece, is being tested for signs of rape, police said.
Dr. Suzanne Eaton was found on Monday night in the hollow tunnel network near Chania.
Her body was found with DNA that did not belong to her. Since the corpse was dissolved when it was found, all tests will be referred to a specialized laboratory, according to local media reports.
The 59-year-old mother of the two was a Californian native who lived in Germany with her British scientist husband.
Local medical researchers have revealed that she was suffocated, stabbed and that one of her ears was cut off, according to local outlets Star.gr.
Her body was found in a network of tunnels used by the Nazis to store ammunition after the Battle of Crete in 1941, which saw the Germans triumphing and overwhelming the island until 1945, when they committed themselves to the British. surrender after years of strong resistance from local citizens.
Greek authorities say they are working on the theory that she was murdered elsewhere and that her body was transported to the bunker after her death.
Greek media reports indicate that the person or persons who Have placed Eaton there, must know the network of tunnels well.
This is supposed to be the entrance to the network of tunnels where Dr. Eaton & # 39; s body was found. The entrance was described as covered by tree branches. According to local points of sale, the person who put her there must have known of its existence because it is not easy to reach from outside or is clear. Her body was found 200 feet in it
She was found 200ft within the network by a few citizens who informed the authorities on Monday.
The place where it was found is particularly difficult to access because there is a tree at the entrance.
Eaton's murderers covered her nose and mouth to kill her, Greek corpses say.
Another look at the cave entrance where she was found from further afield. It was about 100 meters from the nearest path
The biologist and the mother of the two disappeared somewhere in the afternoon on July 2. Her family thinks she started running because the only things she missed in her hotel room were her running shoes.
She was supposed to attend an event that was part of a conference where she was on the island at 6 p.m. but never turned up.
Relatives have previously guessed that she may have died as a result of exposure to heat or exhaustion and that they may be hiding in the cave during a run in the stifling afternoon heat.
What actually happened was much sinister, say local authorities.
In the network of tunnels. Local officials say that Suzanne 200ft was found inside
This is the hollow tunnel where her rotting body was found on Monday a week after she disappeared
The tunnel was opened by the Greek authorities on Tuesday after the discovery of her body. The above video was made during their visit
Authorities remain uncertain about how she ended up in the cave – whether she entered it alive or dead – and who brought her there. It is 100 meters from the nearest footpath
The scene after her body was removed on Monday is shown above
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
Cretalive.gr reports that her body was found on its side, covered with burlap, 60 meters from the entrance.
The entrance to the cave is blocked by tree branches.
No one has been arrested and no suspects have been mentioned.
Eaton – who was a research leader at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany – was traveling to attend a conference.
Family members said they believed they might overheat at the 88 ° C temperatures and enjoy shelter where they suffered during a medical emergency.
The only things she missed from where she stayed were her running shoes. Her passport and wallet were still in her hotel room.
Coroners, S. Belivanis and A. Papadomanalakis took into account the theory that her death was an accident and regarded him as a murder by suffocation.
Eaton & # 39; s niece Callie Broaddus told CrimeOnline earlier that she will usually run on paths and roads, especially somewhere with steep edges.
Authorities were seen in the search area of Xamoudochori, where Eaton was found in the bunker on Monday night with clothes that were known to belong to her
The Greek police have not speculated about the way she died and she has not ruled out cheating
Eaton & # 39; s husband is the British scientist Anthony Hyman. Allegedly he is now making his way to Crete
Rescue teams and local volunteers were accompanied by Dr.'s husband. Eaton and two sons in the search
Police, firefighters and local volunteers traversed the area with the help of helicopters on Friday
The search mission included "specially trained dogs for land and special equipment for the sea"
HISTORY OF THE NAZIS ON CRETE
The network of tunnels was built by the German troops in 1942 on the Platanias hill, below the church of St. Dimitrios.
It consists of an underground complex of cabins and tunnels that was used for storing ammunition and military equipment during the Second World War. In recent years, the Shelter has been preserved as a memorial to the Cretan resistance to the Nazi occupation.
The Battle of Crete began on May 20, 1942, when Nazi Germany launched an airborne invasion codenamed Operation Mercury. Greek and allied forces, along with Cretan civilians, defended the island. The battle was unprecedented in the history of war, because it was the first time that the German paratroopers were massively deployed and the first time that German troops encountered heavy resistance among a civilian population. The operation resulted in heavy losses for the German parachutist and Hitler did not approve any other large-scale airborne operations. For historians all over the world, the Battle of Crete is considered one of the most heroic actions of the Second World War in Greece.
When the entire island of Crete came under the control of the occupying forces, part of the German forces moved to the village of Platanias. The hill of the typical village was chosen primarily as the strategic location for controlling both land and sea. Despite other military constructions, such as trenches and machine guns, the Germans have also decided to build the war shelter. The exact place, under the main church of the village, was chosen because the temple itself offered natural protection against aerial bombardments and because the rare soft rock was easy to dig. Within six months, local forced laborers were able to dig a 120-meter-long underground tunnel.
The booths, a main shelter entrance and two livelihoods were also built. Sixty years later, the church committee of Platanias and the villagers decided to reconstruct the war residence and use it as a small WWII museum in memory of the Battle of Crete.
Source: Go Platanias
Eaton & # 39; s body was found about a 17-minute drive from the location of its conference in the Gonia area, in Kolympari.
Both the bunker and the Orthodox Academy – where they stayed – are in the municipality of Platanias. She planned to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. that evening, which she never attended.
& # 39; It is with immense sadness and regret that we announce the tragic downfall of our dearest friend and colleague, Suzanne Eaton, & # 39; said the Max Planck Institute Tuesday in a statement. & # 39;
& # 39; We are deeply shocked and alarmed by this tragic event.
Suzanne was an excellent and inspiring scientist, a loving husband and mother, an athlete and a truly wonderful person who is loved by all of us.
& # 39; Hair loss is unbearable. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Tony, her sons Max and Luke, and with her entire family. & # 39;
& # 39; The authorities have not yet completed their investigation into the events on Tuesday afternoon, July 2, and we will provide further updates as we receive information &, said the institute.
Eaton was also a professor at the Technical University of Dresden in the city where she lived for 25 years.
& # 39; There are many observations that challenge such a theory, including the heat of the day, suggesting that swimming would have been more attractive, & # 39 ;, the institute said.
& # 39; In addition to being a leading scientist in her field, Suzanne is a strong athlete, runner and senior black belt in Tae Kwon Do. If someone can find a difficult situation, it's Suzanne. & # 39;
Drones, ships and planes had searched the seas and coastline near Chania for the researcher.
The extensive search for the village of Kolymbari made use of specially trained dogs and equipment needed to search the sea, her friends, family and colleagues said.
& # 39; Then she changed out of her orange dress because we found the dress in her room, & # 39; Broaddus told CrimeOnline.
They said they had taken the same route on a northeastern route the previous day.
A € 50,000 ($ 56,000) reward was offered to anyone who could help with information about her disappearance.
Greek rescue workers reported that there are ongoing & # 39; intensive investigations in the area of Kolymbari & # 39;
This photo shows the Hellenic Rescue Team Heraklion and examines a map of the area where Dr. Eaton went missing
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