A large-scale police operation was launched two days earlier on the Greek island of Ikaria in the Aegean Sea to locate a missing 35-year-old British scientist. This Wednesday, she was found dead in a ravine, said Wednesday the Greek public television ERT.
The causes of the death of the astrophysicist have not yet been determined, the ERT chain hinting that it could be an accident.
Missing while jogging
According to media reports, Natalie Christopher, who lives in Nicosia, arrived on the island of Ikaria last Saturday with her 38-year-old companion. On Monday morning, she had left the hotel where the couple were staying, near the port of Aghios Kirykos, to go jogging, and never returned, according to a statement from his companion reported by Greek and Cypriot media.
"The couple spoke on the phone around 10 am local time (7 am GMT) and she told him that she had gone running around," a police spokeswoman told Cypriot public television. Greek. The Cypriot companion of the young woman officially declared his disappearance to the police at 12:40 local (9:40 GMT), according to the website Cyprus mail.
An open preliminary inquiry
Policemen from Athens joined "the search also carried out by the fire brigade, the Ikaria port police and volunteers," according to a statement from the North Aegean Police Directorate. A preliminary inquiry was opened to determine the conditions of the disappearance of the scientist. His phone was reportedly located on the island of Fournoi, near Ikaria, according to preliminary police reports.
According to the Greek media, traces of blood were found in the couple's room and were examined by the forensic police, as was the victim's companion's phone.
Second scientist killed in a month
Her disappearance comes a month after the murder of Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old American biologist who traveled to Crete for a conference and jogged the morning of her disappearance on July 2.
His body was found six days later in a cave near Chania, where the conference was held. The Greek police believe she was probably asphyxiated. According to some media, the body exam showed that his mouth and nose were clogged. The main suspect arrested by the police, a 27-year-old Cretan, allegedly wanted to sexually abuse the victim.