Suzanne Eaton, 59, an American scientist whose body was discovered several days after she went missing on the island of Crete, was asphyxiated, police said Wednesday.
Minor stab wounds were also found on her body, but police said they were not believed to be the cause of her death. Police in Greece has opened a homicide investigation in this case. Local authorities "have not yet completed their investigation regarding the events.” Eaton worked as a biologist and had been attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy in northwest Crete when she is believed to have disappeared.
The body was found inside a former Nazi bunker
"We will remember forever the extraordinary scientist so caring and devoted to her family and friends and so beloved by us all," the statement said. "We remain in disbelief of this shocking and awful tragedy." "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," Hans Müller-Steinhagen, university rector, said in a statement. Eaton was the wife of British scientist Tony Hyman. Her family believe she went missing during a run within 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of the academy complex. Her body was found inside a former Nazi bunker on the Greek island of Crete, around 60 meters inside the cave.