Sunday 18 August 2019

Briton found dead on Greek island died after falling from height – coroner

Natalie Christopher was found in a ravine on the island of Ikaria after going for a morning run.

Natalie Christopher (AP Photo/Aris Kalogerou, FILE)
Natalie Christopher (AP Photo/Aris Kalogerou, FILE)

By Associated Press Reporters

A British scientist found dead on the Greek island of Ikaria two days after she was reported missing died instantly after falling from a height, a coroner has said.

The body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, a keen trail runner, was found in a 65ft deep ravine on Wednesday afternoon.

Her Cypriot partner had reported her missing on Monday after she went for a run near the hotel they were staying at, where there are trails along steep cliffs and ravines.

Coroner Nikos Karakoukis, who travelled to the island from Athens, said evidence from an initial assessment of the area where her body was found was “consistent with a fall from a height”.

Mr Karakoukis told reporters she suffered a head injury and died instantly. Her body is to be transported to a morgue in the Greek capital Athens.

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