Greek police arrest 27-year-old farmer for the murder of American biologist whose body was found in a Nazi bunker on Crete after he confessed to ‘hitting her with his car then stabbing her’ in ‘sexually motivated’ killing
The Greek Special Commission arrested Yiannis Paraskakis – The 27-year-old married father-of-two allegedly had admitted to the police, that he killed American marine biologist Dr Suzanne Eaton on island of Crete
Dr Eaton left the Orthodox academy in Kolympari, in Crete for a run on July 2 and was discovered in a World War II cave near the settlement of Xamoudochori on Monday night, six days later
He has not yet been named publicly but is from a town near to where Dr. Suzanne Eaton’s body was found
Eaton was suffocated and stabbed after going out walking, the killer had sexual motives police said
Police focused on neo-Nazi supporters on the Greek island, Crete has groups of Nazi fanatics who trade in memorabilia and souvenirs – the missing woman’s body was found in a cave used by Nazis to store ammunition during WW2
Police found him by tracing his cell phone to the area and found his car tracks near the cave.
Police sources in Crete said he was arrested over the weekend and has reportedly confessed to killing Dr Eaton, a the 59-year-old American born molecular biologist who went missing July 2 while attending a conference on the Greek island.
Her body was found six days later in an old Nazi bunker near a fishing village after it was spotted by two locals.
Detectives started investigations believing that only a local person would have known the locality of the hidden cave, which was a former Nazi bunker.
Yiannis Paraskakis is believed to come from Maleme, which is a only a few miles from the hidden 200-feet long cave’s location. Sources said police believed the suspect, a local farmer, had sexual motives.
She was attacked as she walked back to the convention center she had been staying at. ‘He hit her with his car to stop her from running and then stabbed her’ said the source.
An autopsy revealed that Dr. Eaton died of suffocation after the airways of the mouth and nose were blocked.
Police tracked down Paraskakis by tracing his cell phone to the area and found his car tracks near the cave.
The Greek Special Commission arrested a man named Yiannis Paraskakis [left and right]. The 27-year-old married father-of-two allegedly had admitted to the police, that he killed American marine biologist Dr Suzanne Eaton [center on island of Crete
Crete has groups of Nazi fanatics and supporters who trade in memorabilia and souvenirs left behind by soldiers.
Police believe the location of the caves would only have been known to a few around there and particularly those with an interest in Nazi background.
It comes as Dr Eaton’s family pay heartfelt tributes to her.
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Her mother, son Max, brother Rob and her sister have broken their silence to remember the 59-year-old scientist who was suffocated and stabbed after going out walking.
Her mother Glynda said: ‘She was a devoted wife and mother, and dearly loved by her family.
‘From the day Suzanne was brought to me right after she was born – stuffed into a red Christmas stocking, December 23 – not drowsy and sleepy but with her head up, her eyes alert, that interest in everything around her has never changed.
‘It has been a joy to share her love of books and music, to observe the combination of a certain flamboyancy with a calm, thoughtful, steady personality.
‘Her accomplishments are many and varied: avid gardener, accomplished pianist, black belt in Taekwondo, and of course her contributions to developmental biology.’
Officers now believe Dr Eaton disappeared a mile outside of Afrata as she made her way back to the Orthodox Academy of Crete where she was due to be a keynote conference speaker.
Police have questioned several people and detained possible suspects, before arresting the 27-year-old local farmer who allegedly has admitted to the murder of Suzanne Eaton’s killer
It is believed she met her killer or killers on the road out of Afrata and may have become exhausted in the 90-degree heat and through having walked four miles.
She had walked north out of the academy and her body was found about six miles away south of the academy in a cave which had been a Nazi bunker during the Second World War.
It is thought she was picked up from the road outside Afrata and suffocated and stabbed, before being dumped through a shaft into the cave at Xamoudochori.
Authorities Monday said the killer had sexual motives.
Coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis told local media: ‘Her death was not immediate. It is not like in a shooting. There was duration involved.’
She had fought for her life against an attacker armed with a knife, and suffered substantial knife wounds to her body, police sources told ABC.
Tributes from Eaton’s relatives , including her mother, son and sibling, were released by Dr Eaton’s employer, the Max Planck Institute at Dresden University in Germany.
Suzanne Eaton was the wife of British scientist Tony Hyman and mother of two sons, according to the institute.
Her body will be flown to Frankfurt on Tuesday.