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Preliminary conclusions by Greek authorities suggest Natalie died in fall  (Update 1)

Natalie Christopher

A preliminary post-mortem on Natalie Christopher at the ravine on the Greek Island of Ikaria where she was found on Wednesday, and a forensic examination of the scene on Thursday, concluded the 35-year-old likely died instantly due to a fall from a height.

“There is evidence from the examination of the scene, and from the post-mortem which is consistent with a fall from a height,” Greek state pathologist Nikos Karakoukis said after completing examinations.

Karakoukis added that though there was no immediate evidence suggesting foul play, the body of the 35-year-old British Cypriot will undergo further examination in Athens through laboratory tests.

The likely scenario from available evidence suggests that Christopher lost her life in her attempt to climb or descend a rock face when a boulder came loose crushing her at the bottom of the ravine.

Greek authorities also underlined that the weak telephone signal in the area may have also prevented search crews from locating her sooner.

Christopher’s body was found on Wednesday after a large-scale search operation was launched by Greek authorities in response to the report filed by her partner, 38, on Monday.

The couple had arrived in Ikaria on August 3 and were scheduled to leave for Cyprus on Monday, but Christopher went jogging in the morning and never returned.

Christopher’s body was located 1.5 kilometres from the hotel where she and her partner had been staying. The scene was on Thursday cordoned off and examined by a homicide team from the directorate of criminal investigations in Athens and a state pathologist who flew to Ikaria from the island of Syros.

Her mobile phone, which was the focus of rescuers in their attempt to locate her, was found on her body.

Acclaimed astrophysicist, Christopher was an Oxford graduate, a runner and triathlete who was heavily involved in bicommunal activities in Cyprus.

On Thursday, the House president Demetris Syllouris and the US ambassador to Cyprus Judith Garber expressed their condolences for the tragic loss of young and influential Christopher.

Organisers of the bicommunal ‘march for solution, reunification and peace’ set to take place in Nicosia at 7pm on Thursday announced that the march would be dedicated to Christopher to honour her contribution to efforts to bridge the divide in Cyprus.

A 10km run to celebrate the life of Christopher, an avid runner, is also set to take place in Nicosia’s Athalassa park on Saturday at 5pm.

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