Three suspects are currently being questioned in connection with the death of prominent American scientist Suzanne Eaton, who was found deceased inside a World War II bunker earlier this week.
Cretalive reports that police have collected “fingerprints and genetic material,” as well as checked for “traces of trauma or scratches” on potential suspects. Homes, vehicles and phones have also been searched.
Police are also searching for a knife they believe was used in the attack on the 59-year old mother of two.
Officials told the outlet that Dr. Eaton resisted and fought vigorously to save herself and a knife was likely used to subdue her. Her body reportedly showed knife wounds.
Forensic pathologists who performed the autopsy told CBS News that the death of the well-respected scientist was “far from quick.”
Dr. Eaton’s body was discovered inside an intricate bunker carved out of limestone that was used by the Nazi’s in WWII.
It’s believed that after a prolonged struggle, the scientist was suffocated to death and her body dropped into a ventilation hole that leads down into the cave. The location has been described as having a narrow opening that’s difficult to spot. It’s likely only known by those familiar with the area.
Investigators believe DNA samples taken from under Dr. Eaton’s fingernails may be their best lead in figuring out who is behind her death.
“Sue is too great a person for her legacy to be defined in any way by how we lost her,” her sister said in a statement. “A strong, kind, brilliant, selfless human being.”
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[Feature Photo: Suzanne Eaton/Handout]