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Missing Researcher's Body Found

Police in Greece have found the body of a developmental biologist who went missing while attending a conference in Crete on insect hormones, Nature News reports.

Suzanne Eaton, a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics, was last seen July 2 as she played the piano at the conference site, the Orthodox Academy of Crete, it adds. It's thought that Eaton then went for a run, since her running shoes were missing from her room, though her passport, phone, and money were there, it notes.

Nature News says the police found Eaton after a five-day search 10 kilometers (about six miles) from the conference site. CNN reports she was found in a cave that had been turned into a bunker by Nazis during World War II.

"The only thing we can say is that the [death] resulted from a criminal act," Antonis Papadomanolakis, the coroner, tells the Associated Press. CNN adds that it appears that Eaton was asphyxiated and had several minor stab wounds.

Eaton, who is from the US, studied embryonic development in fruit flies and was to give a plenary talk at the meeting two days after her disappearance, according to Nature News.

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