Greek police find body during search for missing British scientist

Police looking for a missing British scientist found a body in a ravine on the island of Ikaria on Wednesday, Greek state TV

Greece's ERT television said the body was discovered by a volunteer but did not confirm if the corpse had been identified as that of missing woman, Natalie Christopher.

Police had earlier pulled in a specialized unit to assist in their search for the 35-year-old, who went missing on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Greek police told the French news agency a military helicopter "carrying officers and special equipment to locate missing persons left Athens on Tuesday night."

Christopher was reportedly on holiday with her partner from Nicosia, Cyprus, where she is based. Her partner alerted police when she did not return from a run on Monday morning. Police have opened an initial investigation into the disappearance.

The part of Ikaria where Christopher went running has paths along steep cliffs: police officials said their lines of inquiry were still open.

jns, jsi/msh (AP, AFP, Reuters)

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