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Missing American scientist found death in Crete

ATHENS (Reuters) – An American scientist who disappeared a week ago on the island of Crete was found dead on Tuesday, her employers said.

Suzanne Eaton, 60, a molecular biologist at the world-famous Max Planck Institute in Dresden, attended a conference in the city of Chania when she was reported missing on July 2.

The Greek authorities said a body was discovered in a rough and rocky place in a bunker from World War II, approx. 8-10 km (5-6 miles) from where she was last seen.

"It is with tremendous sorrow and regret that we announce the tragic transition of our dear friend and colleague, Suzanne Eaton. The police regained their body during the evening of July 8," said Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in a statement.

Police said further forensic tests were coming. The cause of death was not immediately known.

"Looking for Suzanne," a Facebook page created by Eaton's family, said she was last known for playing piano on July 2, and one thought to have gone to a race later that afternoon.

Her passport, wallet, phone, cash and bicycle shoe were in her hotel room, but her running shoes were missing, said it.

Dresden University's Max Planck Institute, where Eaton was a research leader, described her in a statement on her website as "a leading researcher in her field, a strong athlete, runner and senior black belt in Tae Kwon Do." [1

9659009] Reporting of Karolina Tagaris and Michele Kambas; Editing Andrew Cawthorne

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