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Missing jogger: Body is found

Keen jogger:
Dr Natalie
Christopher PICTURE: ENTERPRISE

POLICE investigating the mysterious disappearance of a Briton in Greece have discovered the astrophysicist’s body at the bottom of a deep ravine.

Dr Natalie Christopher, 35, had been reported missing on Monday by her boyfriend, who said she failed to return from a run on the final day of their holiday on the island of Ikaria. Blood was found on their hotel bed and in their bathroom and police said before the body was found that they were ‘exploring all avenues’ of inquiry.

But search crews said last night the scientist appeared to have slipped while rock climbing.

The cause of her death is not yet known but medical reports said she had injuries that could have been caused by falling debris. And the firefighter who found her yesterday said rocks had been shaken loose, as if dislodged when she fell in.

Dr Christopher’s mobile phone was found to be switched off after she disappeared but was mysteriously turned back on almost 24 hours later, according to Greek media.

She did not respond to calls but the re-activation allowed officers to trace the device’s location. That led to the discovery in the 65ft ravine, three miles from the hotel.

Murder detectives from Athens have taken over the case but sources stressed there was no evidence the keen runner’s Cypriot partner was involved in her death.

After the blood was found, he said she had suffered a nose bleed and fetched tissues from the bathroom.

Hotel maid Theodori Theodorakis said she had ‘heard voices’ the night before the disappearance, adding: ‘I found there was a sheet spread on the sofa, which may indicate that they were sleeping separately.’

The owner of the hotel said they were a ‘nice little couple’ and the boyfriend had been ‘very worried’.

They lived in Nicosia, Cyprus, but she hailed from London and did her PhD at Linacre College, Oxford.

■ A MISSING Brit who vanished in July last year was killed in a row over drugs, police suspect. Bones found buried in woods in central Portugal on Tuesday are believed to be the remains of Joel Eldridge (pictured), 29, from Bexhill, East Sussex. Police have confirmed a dispute over drug trafficking is a possible motive for his killing. The bones were found after officers discovered a murder linked to drugs had taken place at a property near the woods.