British scientist 'crushed to death by boulder’ after falling into 65ft ravine on Greek island

The body of Dr Natalie Christopher has been found on a Greek island (Getty)

The body of a British scientist has been found in a ravine on a Greek island just days after she was reported missing.

Dr Natalie Christopher is thought to have fallen down the 65ft ravine while out on a run on the Aegean island of Ikaria.

The 34-year-old Oxford-educated astrophysicist was reported missing by her Cypriot partner on Monday.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, although rescuers told Greece's state ERT TV that Ms Christopher appeared to have slipped and suffered fatal injuries while rock climbing.

7 PHOTOS
British scientist found dead
See Gallery
British scientist found dead
FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, May 12, 2019, British astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, competes during the Atsas Mountain race in Cyprus. Greek search crews have found the body of the British scientist who went missing while on holiday on the Aegean island of Ikaria in a ravine near where she had been staying, authorities said on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Aris Kalogerou, FILE)
An ambulance leaves from a location where police said the body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, was found in a 20-meter-deep ravine, in Faros village on the Greek island of Ikaria, Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Greek authorities say search crews have found the body of a British scientist who went missing while on holiday on the Aegean island of Ikaria in a ravine near where the woman had been staying. (Nikos Litsardis/ikariaki.gr via AP)
Autoridades y residentes se reúnen cerca del lugar donde, según la policía, se halló el cuerpo de la astrofísica británica residente en Chipre Natalie Christopher, de 34 años, en el fondo de un barranco de 20 metros en la isla griega de Ikaria, miércoles 7 de agosto de 2019. (ikariaki.gr via AP)
The hotel where the Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, was staying before she was found dead in a 20-meter-deep ravine is seen in Faros village on the Greek island of Ikaria, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. A coroner says the British scientist found dead on the Greek island of Ikaria two days after she was reported missing died instantly after falling from a height. (Giorgos Filippopolitis/ikariaki.gr via AP)
Authorities and residents gather near the location where police said the body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, was found in a 20-meter-deep ravine, in Faros village on the Greek island of Ikaria, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Greek authorities say search crews have found the body of a British scientist who went missing while on holiday on the Aegean island of Ikaria in a ravine near where the woman had been staying. (ikariaki.gr via AP)
Authorities leave the location where the body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, was found yesterday in a 20-meter-deep ravine, in Faros village on the Greek island of Ikaria, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. A coroner says the British scientist found dead on the Greek island of Ikaria two days after she was reported missing died instantly after falling from a height. (Giorgos Filippopolitis/ikariaki.gr via AP)
FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, May 12, 2019, British astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, competes during the Atsas Mountain race in Cyprus. Greek search crews have found the body of the British scientist who went missing while on holiday on the Aegean island of Ikaria in a ravine near where she had been staying, authorities said on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Aris Kalogerou, FILE)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Ms Christopher's 38-year-old partner notified authorities when she did not return home or answer her phone.

He said she told him: "I can't go fast, I'll be back slowly, don't worry."

Police reportedly managed to track Ms Christopher's body after her phone turned on more than 24 hours after she went missing - possibly while she was trying to call for help.

Police, firefighters, volunteers and the coastguard scoured the area where Ms Christopher had been, which has paths along ravines and steep seaside cliffs.

A specialised police unit with geolocation equipment was sent to the island to help the search.

Ms Christopher had been reported missing on Monday by her Cypriot partner after she went for a morning run (PA)

Cypriot authorities said they were in close contact with Greek search crews and the missing woman's family.

"I express the sincere condolences of the Cypriot state and of myself to the family and friends of Natalie Christopher," Cypriot Justice and Public Order Minister George Savvides said.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS