Missing American Scientist Suzanne Eaton Found Dead in WWII Bunker in Greece; Coroner Says She Was Suffocated

Suzanne Eaton, 59 (Credit: COURTESY)
Suzanne Eaton, 59 (Credit: COURTESY)

The missing American biologist whose body was believed to have been found Monday in Greece died of a “criminal act,” say authorities who are now hunting for her killer.

An autopsy revealed that Suzanne Eaton, 59, a molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany, was “suffocated,” a spokesperson for the police in Crete said Wednesday, multiple outlets including CBS News, TIME Magazine and the Associated Press report.

However, investigators are still working to definitively confirm that the body recovered is Eaton’s, Greek state coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis told the AP, noting that it was most likely her.

“The only thing we can say is that the (death) resulted from a criminal act,” Papadomanolakis told the AP.

Eaton was reported missing a week ago. She was believed to have gone on a run on July 2 in Crete, her family said on Search for Suzanne, a Facebook page they set up for her.

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