Man Confesses To Murder Of Ex-Westchester Resident In Greece, Report Says

Molecular biologist Suzanne Eaton in

Molecular biologist Suzanne Eaton in

The 27-year-old local man has already confessed to killing Suzanne Eaton, Greek media report.

Officials said the 27-year-old man was detained Monday for questioning after the disappearance of Eaton.

According to Papathanasiou, at around noon on July 2, Eaton went for her daily walk, leaving behind her cellphone and other personal items in her hotel room.

The man once uploaded videos showing his exploration of the Nazi bunker where Eaton's body was found, according to the news outlet.

A police statement said she appeared to have been asphyxiated, with "sexual abuse" as a likely motive.

Suzanne Eaton, 60, a molecular biologist at the world-renowned Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was found dead in a disused military bunker on July 8, a week after she went missing.

More details are expected to be announced Tuesday, Crete police said.

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Crete police said a Greek man from the island confessed to the "violent criminal act", telling investigators he struck Suzanne Eaton with his vehicle and abducted her "motivated by the intention to commit sexual assault", Crete police spokeswoman Eleni Papathanasiou said.

The suspect- whose name police have not released - is a local farmer, priest's son and father-of-two who is said to have told authorities that he hit Dr. Eaton with his auto on July 2 then stabbed her in a "sexually motivated" killing. He admitted her, a Greek police source with direct knowledge told NBC News. Relatives said she had gone for a hike. They also requested data records from local mobile phone companies in hopes that they may identify the person or people who left Eaton's body in the bunker.

The site is about one mile from the Orthodox Academy of Crete in the village of Platanias, where Eaton was attending the conference.

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

Eaton, a USA citizen, was a professor at the Biotechnology Center of the Dresden University of Technology in Dresden, Germany.

The Max Planck Institute mourned Eaton's death and celebrated her life and contributions to science, publishing a number of dedications from family and friends on their website.

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