A female body found in a cave in the Chania area in Crete on Tuesday morning is likely to belong to American biologist Dr. Suzanne Eaton, who was missing since July 2nd, according to local media reports.
According to NeaKriti.gr news website, a man found the body in the Maleme area, which is about 10 kilometers from Kolymvari. The body has not been identified yet, but police has notified Eaton’s relatives.
The area where the body was found has been cordoned off but police have not yet officially confirmed that the body belongs to the missing biologist nor revealed the cause of death. An emergency rescue team has been called in to retrieve the body.
Dr. Eaton, a scientist at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany who was in Crete for a science conference, has not been heard or seen since then.
She was staying at the Orthodox Academy of Crete near the town of Kolymvari, west of Chania.
Her friends and family announced on Saturday they are offering a cash reward of 50,000 euros for information that will lead to Dr. Eaton being found.
The missing scientist’ family, Red Cross officials and local volunteers had joined the police and fire service search operation. A police helicopter, a drone and trained dogs have been deployed in the effort to find the whereabouts of the American scientist.