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    American scientist Suzanne Eaton (59) found dead in Greece almost a week after she went missing

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    An American scientist has been found dead in Greece, nearly a week after she went missing.

    Greek authorities recovered the body of U.S. citizen Suzanne Eaton on Monday evening, according to the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, where Eaton was a research group leader.

    The 59-year-old molecular biologist is survived by her husband and two sons.

    "It is with enormous sadness and regret that we announce the tragic demise of our dearest friend and colleague, Suzanne Eaton," the institute said in a statement Tuesday. "We are deeply shocked and disturbed by this tragic event. Suzanne was an outstanding and inspiring scientist, a loving spouse and mother, an athlete as well as a truly wonderful person beloved to us all. Her loss is unbearable."

    The Hellenic Police, the national police service of Greece, have not responded to ABC News' requests for comment.

    Eaton, a native of Oakland, California, was attending a conference on the Greek island of Crete last week when she disappeared. She was last seen on the afternoon of July 2 near the port city of Chania. Greek authorities had launched a search for her in the area.

    Eaton's running shoes were also missing, leading colleagues to suspect she may have gone for a run.

    "The authorities have not yet completed their investigation regarding the events that may have transpired on Tuesday afternoon, 2nd July, and we will provide further updates as we receive information," the institute said.

    An official with the U.S. Department of State told ABC News Monday they were aware of reports that an American citizen was missing in Greece and were working closely with local authorities as they carried out search efforts.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/10/europ...ntl/index.html

    An American scientist whose body was discovered several days after she went missing on the island of Crete was asphyxiated, police said Wednesday.

    Police in Greece say they have opened a homicide investigation in the death of Suzanne Eaton, 59, according to Eaton's employer, the Max Planck Institute at Dresden University in Germany. Eaton's body was found on Monday, the institute said.

    Eaton, who worked as a biologist, been attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy in northwest Crete when she is believed to have disappeared during a run on July 2.

    "There is an ongoing homicide investigation being led by the police in Crete, which has taken comprehensive measures to ensure that the responsible party(ies) will be brought to justice," the institute said in a statement.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/11/europ...ntl/index.html

    The body of American scientist Suzanne Eaton was found inside a former Nazi bunker on the Greek island of Crete, police told CNN on Thursday.

    The 59-year-old biologist went missing on July 2. Her body was discovered by two locals on Monday in a cave that had been turned into a bunker by Nazi soldiers during the Second World War, according to Crete's Chief of Police Konstantinos Lagoudakis.

    Eaton's body was found around 60 meters inside the cave beneath an air shaft which had been covered by a large wooden pallet, Lagoudakis added.

    Eaton was attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy in Crete and is believed to have disappeared during a run.

    The police said on Wednesday that Eaton was asphyxiated. Minor stab wounds were also found on her body, but police said they were not believed to be the cause of her death. The police believe the body was dumped inside the cave, because it was found face down.

    Lagoudakis told CNN on Thursday that he had never seen a case like this in his four years as police chief.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/s...olice-n1029976

    A suspect apprehended in connection with the death of Suzanne Eaton, a molecular biologist from California who was found dead last week, admitted to killing her, a Greek police source with direct knowledge told NBC News.

    The 27-year-old, who has not yet been identified, was brought in for questioning and eventually confessed to the murder, the police source said.

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    A local resident of Crete was charged with murder and rape Tuesday after admitting he assaulted an American scientist who disappeared on the Greek island while attending a conference, police said.

    Suzanne Eaton, 59, disappeared July 2 while jogging, setting off a massive search that ended five days later when her battered body was found in a cave that had also served as a WWII bunker.

    Crete police chief Lt. Gen. Constantine Lagoudakis said the investigation had been helped by footage from closed-circuit cameras. Authorities were awaiting the results of forensic tests, he added.

    “A particularly important element of our investigation was the discovery of recent tire tracks near the (tunnel)," he said. "This, in conjunction with the position of the body when it was found, suggested that it had been transferred to the site."

    Lagoudakis said the suspect initially contradicted himself during questioning, then broke down and confessed when confronted with overwhelming evidence of his crime.

    Chania Police Director Paris Chinopoulos told the Athens News Service the suspect said he was "trying to find someone to have sex with" and randomly selected Eaton when he saw her jogging along a road.

    Crete Police spokeswoman Eleni Papathanasiou told reporters the man told police he twice hit Eaton twice with his car, covered her mouth, forced her into the trunk and took her to the bunker. He said he then sexually assaulted her before tossing her into the cave, Papathanasiou said.

    Papathanasiou said forensic evidence showed suffocation as a cause of death.

    "The body had many broken ribs and facial bones and multiple injuries to both hands," she said.

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