Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Greek Son of Priest Held in Murder of American Scientist

Greek Son of Priest Held in Murder of American Scientist

A 27-year-old man has confessed to killing U.S. scientist Suzanne Eaton on the Greek island of Crete, a police spokesperson told CNN on July 15.

The suspect is a 27-year-old man from Kissamos, a town about 20 miles away from Chania, where Suzanne Eaton was attending a conference, Eleni Papathanassiou, spokesperson for Crete's police department, told ABC News.

A coroner has said her death resulted from a criminal act but did not elaborate.

Police said they had evidence Eaton had been killed elsewhere, then taken to the cave where her body was dumped through an air shaft.

Eaton's body was found near the settlement of Xamoudochori, in Hania, almost a week after she was last seen by friends on July 2.

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

The 59-year-old scientist was discovered by two locals exploring the bunker which is a system of manmade caves used by the Nazis during the occupation of Crete in World War Two.

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The police said that after questioning several individuals, the suspect was brought in for questioning on Monday and he "provided too many conflicting answers, and under the light of the collected evidence, he confessed his crime". "She fit Jane Austin's strictest description of an "accomplished woman" while maintaining a natural humility and 'insatiable curiosity'".

In messages on the Institute's website, her brother, Rob Eaton, described his sister as kind and intelligent.

The molecular biologist is survived by her husband, British scientist Anthony Hyman, and two sons.

This continues to be a developing story.

The auto with which he allegedly hit the woman will be sent to the police's forensic labs in Athens for further investigation.

"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.

Eaton was attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy when she disappeared, apparently during a run.

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