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Trump offers to ‘vouch’ for A$AP Rocky in call with Swedish PM

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President Trump said Saturday that he has told the Swedish prime minister he is prepared to vouch for the bail of A$AP Rocky, the New York-based rapper currently behind bars in Sweden.

“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Lofven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly,” he tweeted. “Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative.”

KIM KARDASHIAN THANKS TRUMP, POMPEO AND KUSHNER FOR EFFORTS TO GET A$AP ROCKY RELEASED FROM SWEDEN JAIL

“Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!” he added.

The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been behind bars in Sweden while police investigate a fight in Stockholm this month in which he was allegedly involved. His attorney says he acted in self-defense.

Trump had initially tweeted about the case on Friday, when he said he had spoken to rapper Kanye West about A$AP’s — born Rakim Mayers — incarceration. He said he would be calling Lofven about the case.

“So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!” he added.

RAPPER A$AP ROCKY DETAINED IN SWEDEN AFTER STREET FIGHT

Multiple celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj, have pushed for Rocky’s release. First lady Melania Trump said the administration is working with the State Department.

Kardashian thanked Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner on Twitter Thursday for their “efforts to Free A$AP Rocky & his two friends.”

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But Lofven said Saturday that he was aware Trump “has a personal interest in the case” but added that he “cannot and will not attempt to influence prosecutors or courts.”

Lofven called Trump’s desire for a conversation “certainly positive” and said: “I will explain that the Swedish judicial system is independent. In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law, and this includes visitors from other countries.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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At least 50 dead pilot whales wash up on remote beach in Iceland

At least 50 dead whales were discovered washed up on a remote beach in Iceland by a group of sightseers Thursday.

Helicopter pilot David Schwarzhans with Reykjavik Helicopters told The Associated Press that he, along with several passengers, counted at least 50 long-finned pilot whales that washed up on the Löngufjörur beach on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.

He said there could have been more as some of the beached whales were partly buried by the sand.

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Some dozens of long-finned pilot whales lay dead on a remote beach in Iceland as they were discovered by tourists sightseeing in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland aboard a helicopter. (David Schwarzhans via AP)

GEORGIA BEACHGOERS RESCUE WHALES MASS STRANDED ON SHORE, WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SAY 

Schwarzhans called it “a very sad scene.”

It’s not clear what caused the mass stranding but pilot whales are known to travel in large numbers which could explain the number of carcasses seen.

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The whales were concentrated in one spot on the beach, many partially covered by sand. (David Schwarzhans via AP)

It is believed that the whales likely died of dehydration. The beach where the mammals were found is extremely isolated as it is inaccessible by car.

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Marine biologist Edda Elisabet Magnusdottir told the Iceland Monitor that while it’s hard to explain why the whales approached the beach, they likely got disoriented in the shallow waters. They use echolocation to locate one another and the sandy floor could’ve confused the pod.

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It is believed that the whales likely died of dehydration. (David Schwarzhans via AP)

An autopsy report will be done to see how long the whales have been there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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5.3 magnitude quake shakes Greek capital, sends residents to the streets in fear

A strong earthquake hit Friday near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear and firefighters to check for people trapped in elevators.

The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey tagged it as a magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:13 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) some 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) north of Athens.

Authorities inspected areas close to the epicenter by helicopter and police patrols but no deaths or serious injuries were reported. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said one abandoned building had collapsed in a western district of Athens and that several other abandoned buildings had suffered serious damages in other parts of the city.

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People stand outside the building they work in after a strong earthquake hit near the Greek capital of Athens, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:38 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) about 26 kilometers (13.7 miles) north of Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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“There are no reports of serious injuries … I urge members of the public to remains calm, in Greece we are well acquainted with earthquakes,” he said.

The quake caused limited power cuts and communication problems around Athens and the fire brigade reported receiving calls about people being trapped in elevators. The shock was caught live in the studios of state broadcaster ERT.

The most powerful quake to hit the Greek capital in the last 20 years came in 1999, when a temblor of magnitude 6.0 caused extensive damage and killed more than 140 people.

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The bell tower of Pantanassa church at the Monastiraki square is damaged following an earthquake in Athens, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the U.S. Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The Athens Institute says the quake struck at 2:38 p.m. local time (1113 GMT) about 26 kilometers (13.7 miles) north of Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Gerasimos Papadopoulos, the senior seismologist at the Geodynamics Institute said Friday’s quake was felt across southern Greece.

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“It had a very shallow depth and that’s why it was felt so strongly,” he said. “It is too early to say whether this was the main earthquake, but there have been aftershocks of magnitude 3.5, 2.5 and 3.2 and that is encouraging. But we need more time and data to have a clear picture.”

Earthquakes are common in Greece and neighboring Turkey.

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German woman caught attempting to purchase car with home-printed money

A German woman attempted to buy a vehicle from a car dealership in the southwestern city of Kaiserslautern Friday using counterfeit currency she printed off at home.

She carried a wad of €15,000 ($16,830) to the dealership in Kaiserslautern, only for her plan to backfire as she left the location in handcuffs and riding in the back of a police car.

MAN GETS 4-PLUS YEARS IN COUNTERFEIT SPORTING TICKETS CASE

Exposing the woman’s plan did not require keen investigative skills, after she opted to print the bogus 50 and 100-euro notes via a regular ink jet printer, according to German news outlet DW News.

When police searched the 20-year-old woman’s home in the nearby city of Pirmasens, 21 miles south of Kaiserslautern, they found the printer loaded with freshly printed “money” along with €13,000 worth of mock euros.

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A watermark in a Durasafe bill helps prevent counterfeiting. (Durasafe)

Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (BKA) states that “imitating money with the intention of putting it on the market” is punishable by at least one year behind bars. However, the state prosecutor has yet to determine criminal charges against the woman.

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The BKA said that although professional forgers use highly sophisticated technology to print currency, amateurs can easily access counterfeiting equipment online and require “no special knowledge”. They add that the 50-euro note is the most counterfeited.

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In Germany’s most recent report on counterfeit currencies, 54,000 counterfeit cases were reported in 2018 with 99,900 banknotes totaling to more than €17 million pulled from circulation.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung contributed to this report.

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UK knife crime rises by 8 percent to record high as London mayor blames ‘austerity’ for sharp increase

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The knife crime epidemic plaguing England and Wales has reached a record high in 2018-19 with such offenses increase by at least 8 percent, new figures show.

The data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were 43,516 police-recorded offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument, the highest figure since such records began in 2011.

BRITISH TEENAGERS SENT TO EAST AFRICA TO AVOID RISING UK KNIFE CRIME: REPORTS

The data doesn’t take into account the crimes recorded by Scottish authorities and Greater Manchester Police, which patrols parts of the 9th largest city in Britain, Sky News reported.

“The picture of crime is a complex one. Overall levels of crime have remained steady, but this is not the case for all types of crime,” said ONS’ Mark Bangs, adding that there were increases in “violent crimes involving knives and sharp instruments” and “fraud and overall theft.”

LONDON MAYOR APPEARS EXASPERATED ON KNIFE CRIME QUESTIONS, ROLLS EYES AT REPORTER

The increasing knife crime is particularly evident in London, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been trying to contain the problem.

While politicians and experts have called for different policing, Khan decried the rampant knife crime as the “human cost of austerity.”

“The sad reality is the violence we’re seeing on our streets today is an appalling side effect of increasing inequality and alienation caused by years of austerity and neglect,” he said in public remarks earlier this week.

“The sad reality is the violence we’re seeing on our streets today is an appalling side effect of increasing inequality and alienation caused by years of austerity and neglect.”

— Sadiq Khan

He added that there’s a “direct link” between poverty and violent crime, according to the data published the City Hall.

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This year there have been at least 33 fatal stabbings in London, while last year, knife crime took the lives of 135 people.

The capital also saw 3,301 knife crime offenses in 2017/18. This is a massive 42 percent higher than in the year ending March 2011, Sky News reported.

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Leader of Angela Merkel’s party to take over German defense ministry

BERLIN (AP) — The new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party took over Germany’s defense ministry on Wednesday in a risky but potentially rewarding move, reversing her previous insistence that she wouldn’t join the Cabinet.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeded Ursula von der Leyen, who was elected Tuesday as the new head of the European Commission.

Kramp-Karrenbauer narrowly won the leadership of Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union in December. She has concentrated so far on trying to renew the party, among other things seeking to heal divisions with conservatives who were irked by Merkel’s welcoming approach to migrants in 2015 and other moves.

However, she has seen her poll ratings drop sharply following several gaffes, and has struggled to raise her profile given that she lacks a seat in parliament and also wasn’t in the Cabinet. Kramp-Karrenbauer had insisted in recent days that she would continue to concentrate on the party, but has now changed tack abruptly.

ANGELA MERKEL SITS DURING WELCOMING CEREMONY FOLLOWING THIRD PUBLIC SHAKING INCIDENT

Merkel says she won’t seek a fifth term as chancellor. It isn’t yet clear who will run as the CDU’s candidate for chancellor in Germany’s next election, which is due in 2021 but could come earlier if her fractious coalition with the struggling center-left Social Democrats collapses.

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From right, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, new elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, von der Leyen’s successor as German Defense Minister, attend an office over ceremony at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP)

ANGELA MERKEL SEEN SHAKING AT EVENT IN BERLIN, SECOND TIME IN JUST OVER A WEEK

The defense ministry offers Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, who has served as governor of Saarland state but not in the federal government, a chance to gain foreign and security policy experience.

But it also is notoriously difficult to run, with concerns including the poor state of the German military’s equipment and managing a transition from conscription to a professional force.

While von der Leyen’s unexpected elevation to the European Union’s top job after 5½ years as defense minister suggests that the post can be a springboard to promotion, it has left most recent occupants as diminished figures in domestic politics. Von der Leyen herself was long considered a potential successor to Merkel but faded out of contention while at the defense ministry.

An ambitious younger conservative who also ran in last year’s CDU leadership election, Health Minister Jens Spahn, had been considered favorite to become defense minister. Kramp-Karrenbauer’s move to take the job avoids giving a potential rival more exposure.

Kramp-Karrenbauer didn’t address the reasons for her choice in brief remarks to reporters at the defense ministry, and took no questions.

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She said she was taking on the job “with great respect, whole-heartedly and full of conviction,” and is “very much looking forward to this task.”

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Greek man detained in US scientist’s murder in Nazi bunker on Crete

Police on the Greek island of Crete reportedly detained a man Monday in connection with the killing of an American scientist found dead this month in an abandoned bunker used by the Nazis during World War II.

The 27-year-old man held Monday was one of 10 people interviewed during the weekend as part of the investigation into Suzanne Eaton’s slaying, officials said.

Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany was last seen July 2 near the port of the Crete city of Chania.

US SCIENTIST WAS SUFFOCATED IN GREECE, BODY FOUND COVERED WITH BURLAP IN NAZI-ERA BUNKER

Police found her body last week in a man-made cave that had been used as a bunker during the Nazi occupation of Crete. The cave is located about six miles from where Eaton was last seen. She had been suffocated and the coroner ruled her death a “criminal act.”

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In this undated photo provided by her family, showing Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist. (AP Photo)

ABC News on Monday quoted a high-level police source as saying the suspect claimed he committed the murder and intentionally hit Eaton with his car.

BODY BELIEVED TO BE AMERICAN SCIENTIST DIED IN GREECE BY ‘CRIMINAL ACT,’ CORONER SAYS

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, is reported to be a local farmer, who is also the father of two children, according to the Greek Reporter.

The search for Eaton involved police and volunteers who staged a massive effort to find her.

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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory announced that flags would be flown at half-staff Monday in Eaton’s honor.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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Skydiving plane crash in Sweden leaves 9 dead, officials say

Nine people were killed Sunday when a small plane carrying a group of skydivers crashed shortly after takeoff in Sweden, officials said.

The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. on Storsandskar island not long after the plane took off from Umea Airport, located in the northern part of the country.

Swedish airport authority Swedavia said the plane involved in the crash was a GippsAero GA8 Airvan, an Australian-made single-engine aircraft popular with parachutists.

MONSOONS, FLASH FLOODING KILLS AT LEAST 47 IN NEPAL, DOZENS MISSING

Some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before it went down, witnesses told Swedish media.

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Emergency personnel move a part of a wing and other plane wreckage retrieved from the crash site at Ume river outside Umea, Sweden, on Monday July 15, 2019. (Erik Abel / TT via AP)

“I heard a weird sound, which didn’t sound normal. I looked up and saw a plane spinning like a top,” witness Peter Larsson told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. “At first, I thought it was an acrobatic flight, but we quickly realized that something was wrong.”

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Another witness told Swedish broadcaster SVT she heard a loud noise from above before she saw the plane going straight down and crashing into the island.

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Emergency services attend the accident site at a small harbor at Ume river, outside Umea, Sweden, Sunday July 14, 2019. (Samuel Pettersson/TT via AP)

All those on board on board the plane were Swedish, the BBC reported.

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven expressed “great sadness” over the accident in a statement to Swedish news agency TT. He sent condolences to the families of the victims and said the government would stay in close touch with officials probing the crash “as it is important to investigate the cause”.

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Swedish officials said a small plane carrying parachutists crashed in northern Sweden on Sunday and all nine of the people on board were killed. (Samuel Pettersson/TT via AP)

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bastille Day in France showcases European military cooperation

The annual Bastille Day celebration in Paris this year was not just about showcasing France, but also military cooperation among European continues.

The flags of 10 countries of the European Intervention Initiative, a joint military pact created last year, led Sunday’s military parade down the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris.

In a message to the French people before the parade, President Emmanuel Macron highlighted the importance of France’s commitment to boost European security.

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Tanks rolling on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Sunday, July 14, 2019. ((AP Photo/Michel Euler)

“Never since the end of the Second World War has Europe been so necessary. The construction of a Europe of defense, in connection with the Atlantic Alliance…is a priority for France. It is the theme of this parade,” he said.

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“Acting together and strengthening our ability to act collectively is one of the challenges that the European Intervention Initiative, along with other key European projects, wants to address,” Macron added.

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Veterans walk on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Some 4,300 soldiers, around 200 vehicles and over 100 aircraft, some from other European countries, were taking part in the parade that was opened by Spanish troops, according to Reuters.

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French Alpha jets of the Patrouille de France spray lines of smoke in the colors of the French flag over the Champs-Elysees during Bastille Day parade Sunday, July 14, 2019, near the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

The biggest crowd-pleaser on the display appeared to be a man rocketing through the air on a flyboard device — the invention of French former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata.

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European leaders in attendance included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

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From the left, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto attend Bastille Day parade Sunday, July 14, 2019, on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Tensions in the street remain high in Paris following months of demonstrations by the anti-Macron yellow vest protesters who want more help for French workers.

On Sunday, television images showed police grabbing one of the movement’s leaders, Eric Drouet, as he stood on the sidelines of the parade and escorting him away.

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Portuguese troops take part to Bastille Day parade Sunday, July 14, 2019, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

At France’s 2017 Bastille Day events, U.S. President Donald Trump, as the guest of honor, was so impressed he ordered a military parade in Washington for America’s July 4 celebrations. Macron will later host a lunch at the Elysee Palace with other European leaders, including Merkel.

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Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, one of the key events of the French Revolution. The day has become a national holiday in France.

The European Intervention Initiative is a 10-country coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises. The French-led initiative, which includes Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal, was launched last year, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US scientist was suffocated in Greece, body found covered with burlap in Nazi-era bunker

An American scientist who went missing last week in Greece before she was found dead in an abandoned World War II bunker was suffocated, authorities said Wednesday as new details were revealed about where her body was discovered.

Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was last seen on July 2 near the port of Chania on the Greek island of Crete. Colleagues at the conference had told authorities they believed she had gone for a run in the area.

Greek police discovered her body Monday in a manmade cave that was used as a bunker during the Nazi occupation of Crete, located about 6 miles from where Eaton was last seen.

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On Wednesday, a state coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis said that Eaton died as a result of a “criminal act.”

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In this undated photo provided by her family, showing Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist. (AP Photo)

Local police told the Greek Reporter that an examination of Eaton’s body determined she died as a result of suffocation.

“What is definite is that we are talking about homicide. Also, there was no sign of death by gun,” an unidentified official in the medical examiner’s office told the news outlet.

The 59-year-old’s body was discovered in a cave in a rural area near Chania, located on the westernmost side of Crete. Fire service rescue team leader Nikolaos Papaleonidas said the recovery came after an “extensive search effort,” and the bunker was located about 330 feet from a nearby road, according to Sky News.

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Eaton’s body was located about 200 feet from the entrance to the bunker, “bruised” and covered in burlap, according to the Greek Reporter.

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Suzanne Eaton, seen in this undated photo, was reported missing on July 2. (Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden)

Papadomanolakis told the AP he believed the woman died around the time she was last seen, on July 2.

Officials are not yet sure if the crime was committed at the scene, or if the 59-year-old was killed elsewhere and disposed of in the cave, Greek news outlet Ekathimerini reported.

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Eaton, who worked at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, had been attending a conference in Crete. The institute called her death a “tragic demise.”

Authorities had launched a major search for Eaton in rural areas near Chania, helped by members of her family and fire service rescuers from Athens.

According to a Facebook page set up by her family to raise awareness of her disappearance, some 70 others who were at the conference joined in with the search. Eaton, originally from Oakland, California, was the wife of British scientist Tony Hyman and the mother of two sons, Max and Luke, according to the institute. Hyman and his sons traveled to Crete upon news of her disappearance.

In a statement posted to the page, the scientist’s niece said she was “forever grateful for the support we’ve received from this global community of caring people over the last week.”

“We cannot comment on anything at this time, but I will post a message here when the time is appropriate,” Callie Broaddus said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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