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Search to expand for American scientist missing on Greek island



Friends, relatives and colleagues of an American scientist who went missing during a conference on a Greek island last Sunday said that they were looking for a hospital for their use on Crete, Greece's largest island and a popular tourist destination, after Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist, vanished Sunday, on Facebook.

Eaton, a scientist with the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, disappeared Tuesday near the port of Chania. In a statement, her family said she was attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy of Crete at the village of Kolymbari, outside Chania.

Colleagues at the conference have learned they have gone for a run in the area.

In a statement Friday, the institute said Eaton's running shoes had not been found, fueling speculation that she disappeared during a jog. But given Tuesday's intense heat, the statement added, it's also possible she went for a swim.

The institute described Eaton as a leading scientist in her field, as well as a strong athlete, a runner and a senior black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

"If anyone can find out about a difficult situation, it is Suzanne," the statement said.

The US State Department said that it was missing American citizen in Greece.

Eaton was born in Oakland, California, and earned a PhD in microbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Police and firefighters, joined

Emily Kappes, a cousin of the missing scientist, told The Associated Press that Eaton's husband and two sons had traveled to assist in the search.

Abigail Williams contributed.


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