King Tut’s golden coffin to be restored for the first time

Egyptian Ministry Of Antiquities Handout(CAIRO) — Egypt has started a project to restore the wooden coffin of Tutankhamun for the first time since the boy king’s tomb was discovered in 1922, the country’s antiquities ministry said.

The process started after the coffin was transferred from Tutankhamun’s tomb near Luxor to the under-construction Egyptian Grand Museum on the outskirts of Cairo a few days ago, ministry officials said in a statement Wednesday.

It was the only coffin left in the tomb after the two other coffins of Tutankhamun were moved to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir square in 1922.

“The coffin was moved amid security measures and under the supervision of the conservators and archaeologists in cooperation with the Tourism and Antiquities Police,” the statement read.

Eltayeb Abbas, Director General of Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum, said that the coffin will be displayed in the museum exhibition of King Tutankhamun’s collection.

The myriad damage to the coffin includes “fractures to its gesso [plaster] layers,” said Eissa Zidane, who is overseeing the conservation efforts.

The restoration process of the sarcophagus, which is made of wood and covered with gold, will take about eight months, he added.

In January, officials concluded a decade-long restoration of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

To mark the centennial of the tomb’s discovery by British Egyptologist Howard Carter, Egypt also embarked earlier this year on a world tour of 150 King Tut artifacts, including 60 pieces that have never left the country.

The exhibition kicked off in Paris in March and will move on to locations around the world including London, California and Sydney. The exhibit will run until 2021.

The Grand Egyptian Museum, which will house those artifacts and many others, is scheduled to open next year near the Giza Pyramids.

Tutankhamun, a pharaoh of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, ruled Egypt from 1332 to 1323 B.C.

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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak a public health emergency of international concern

Motortion/iStock(NEW YORK) — The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo an international emergency.

An emergency committee of experts convened by the WHO, the global health arm of the United Nations, recommended the decision after meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to reassess whether the current epidemic constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference.

This is only the fifth time in history such a designation has been used.

The committee had thrice declined to make such a proclamation, which often mobilizes more resources and commands global attention.

The move comes on the heels of the Ebola virus spreading to the Congolese city of Goma, a major transportation hub along the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern border with Rwanda that’s home to more than two million people.

A confirmed Ebola case in Goma was announced late Sunday by the country’s health ministry. The patient, a 47-year-old pastor, was transferred to an Ebola treatment center but died. Officials identified and vaccinated 40 confirmed contacts of the pastor in Goma as well as 37 “high risk” contacts, the ministry said.

A total of 2,512 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever — which can be caused by Ebola — in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri since ‪Aug. 1, 2018. Among those cases, 2,418 tested positive for Ebola virus disease, according to the latest bulletin from the country’s health ministry.

The current outbreak has a case fatality rate of about 67%. There have been 1,676 deaths so far, including 1,582 from confirmed cases of Ebola and the rest from probable cases, according to the health ministry.

Two people, including a 5-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola after traveling home to neighboring Uganda, also died, according to the Ugandan health ministry. The boy was the first cross-border case in the ongoing outbreak.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through contact with blood or secretions from an infected person, either directly or through contaminated surfaces, needles or medical equipment. A patient is not contagious until they start showing signs of the disease. The virus is not airborne, which means a person cannot get the disease simply by breathing the same air as an infected patient.

Since Aug. 8, 2018, more than 163,500 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in the outbreak zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, using an experimental vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical company Merck.

This outbreak is infecting more children than previous ones– 31% of total cases as of July 7, compared to 20% in previous outbreaks, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

“Young children — those below five years old, are especially hard hit,” UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said at a press briefing Tuesday in Geneva. “They, in turn, are infecting women. Among adults, women comprise 57% of cases.”

This is the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the most severe in the Central African nation since 1976, when scientists first identified the virus near the eponymous Ebola River.

It’s second only to the 2014-2016 epidemic in multiple West African countries that infected 28,652 people and killed 11,325, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s also the first Ebola outbreak in history to occur in an active war zone. The WHO has recorded at least 198 attacks on health facilities and health workers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since January.

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South Korea and Japan trade dispute could lead to ‘dire consequences,’ official warns

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) — A thorny trade dispute between South Korea and Japan could end up with “dire consequences” and “adversely affect companies like Apple, Amazon, Dell, Sony, and billions of consumers all over the world,” a senior South Korean government official told foreign reporters in Seoul on Wednesday.

The official slammed the Japanese government for undermining principles of free trade and warned that if the latest export curbs against South Korea continues, “the global value chain will crumble.”

Japan, in a surprise move, announced July 1 that it will implement tighter export curbs on essential chemical materials exported to South Korea. The materials – fluorinated polyamides, photoresists and hydrogen fluoride – are mostly imported by Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix to produce memory chips, displays and next-generation semiconductors. Semiconductors take up some 25% of Korea’s exports.

Seoul hopes Washington would mediate

South Korea, the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturer, was caught off guard by the move and hopes that the U.S. would mediate the dispute as the three allies face other political challenges in the region against China and North Korea, according to reports.

David Stilwell, new U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told reporters the U.S. “sufficiently understood the seriousness of the issue” and recognized that the two allies of the United States must work together.

“The truth is, no significant issue in this region can be resolved without cooperation between our two allies,” said Stilwell after a series of meetings with top government officials in Seoul Wednesday.

Domino effect on global industries

Unlike trade of finished goods, high-tech industry goods that are sourced globally are interdependent. Countries that rely on South Korea’s semiconductors such as United States, China and even Japan will all be adversely affected, analysts say, causing a domino effect on the global supply chain in computer and smartphone industries.

“In the worst case scenario, if an export of chemical materials such as etching gas (hydrogen fluoride) is restricted, Samsung factories cannot operate normally. That will subsequently affect the export of manufactured semiconductors from South Korea to China as well as to Japan. It will also be difficult for Chinese end-products to be delivered to the United States and Japan,” Kim Hyun-Chul, an expert on Japanese enterprise at Seoul National University, told ABC News.

“U.S. electronics firms, many of which have large production hubs in both the U.S. and China, are vulnerable to supply shortages of South Korean memory chips, given the importance of South Korea as a supplier of chips to both China and the U.S.,” Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at IHS Markit, told ABC News.

It’s not only hardware such as mobile phones and electronic products but also data processing programs that would face supply shortage or delay.

“Memory semiconductor is an integral part of data processing center operated by global IT companies like Google and Amazon,” Kim Yang Paeng, research fellow at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, told ABC News.

History shadows politics

Japan’s sudden exports curb on chemical products going to South Korea stemmed from a decades-long dispute between the two countries over Japan’s atrocities during the occupation years from 1910 to 1945, namely controversial issues of “comfort women” and wartime forced labor.

South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled last October and November that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries must compensate Korean victims of wartime forced labor.

But Japan disputes the ruling, saying all reparations had already been settled in a 1965 treaty that normalized relations between the two countries.

“We cannot help but say the relationship of trust has been severely damaged,” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told reporters in early July.

Three days later, another Tokyo official, Koichi Hagiuda, a senior member of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, threw a second punch at flabbergasted Seoul by claiming the restrictions were prompted by concerns that one of the three restricted chemical materials, etching gas, might be flowing into North Korea and could be used to produce chemical weapons. Hagiuda said there was “inadequate management” of sensitive items and a lack of information sharing on export controls.

Japan then took back the accusations last Friday, stating that its decision to impose restrictions on the export of high-tech materials to South Korea has nothing to do with North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has put work into North Korea affairs since taking office, fired back loud and clear in a speech saying the accusations pose a “grave challenge” and Seoul has undoubtedly been “complying with UN Security Council resolutions and working within the sanctions framework.”

Seoul hopes for diplomatic solution

“We should remember that science and technology is not a tool for war, which will only lead to tragic consequences,” said the senior level South Korean government official. The two countries should resolve the “historical matters” in a constructive manner by dialogue and diplomatic negotiations and Seoul “will try to exercise flexibility,” he said.

South Korea is contemplating the idea of resolving the issue through the Geneva-based World Trade Organization, but in reality, even the senior official admits that process will take years, after which it would be too late for Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix with only a few months worth of stockpiles left for production.

The topic is now formally included as the final agenda item at a two-day meeting of the WTO Council for Trade in Goods next week, Yonhap News reported.

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“Mona Lisa” relocated within Louvre for first time since 2005

Pawel Libera/LightRocket via Getty Images(PARIS) — Many paintings are moved around at the Louvre in Paris, but rarely is it one of the world’s most iconic works.

For the first time in 14 years, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa will be relocated so that its well-trafficked home, Room 711 in the Salle des États, can be renovated.

The painting is particularly fragile and can’t be moved outside the museum. Painted in the 16th century on a thin panel of poplar, The Mona Lisa is kept at a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and a hydrometry of 50%.

The masterwork was moved between 1992 and 1995 and again from 2001 to 2005 during another round of renovations.

This most recent move is part of a larger renovation of the Louvre, which has seen attendance reach unprecedented levels, more than doubling over three decades. The museum was forced to close on May 27 because understaffed security employees were concerned about overcrowding.

Since 2014, tens of thousands of square meters worth of renovations have been undertaken.

Patrons wishing to view The Mona Lisa — about 15,000 to 20,000 of whom seek out the painting daily — can see it in the Medici gallery near works by Ruben in the meantime.

The Mona Lisa is scheduled to return to its permanent home in mid-October.

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‘They don’t make it easy’: Duchess Meghan speaks about life in public eye

Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has remained publicly silent amid criticisms and name-calling in the press since her wedding to Prince Harry last year.

But the duchess gave a sign that she is aware of the negativity in a conversation she and Harry had with singer Pharrell Williams at the London premiere of The Lion King Sunday night.

Williams was heard on camera praising Harry and Meghan for their relationship, saying to them, “[I am] so happy for your union. Love is amazing. It’s wonderful. Don’t ever take that for granted, but what it means in today’s climate, I just wanted to tell you, it’s so significant for so many of us. Seriously … We’re cheering you guys on.”

Meghan reached out and touched Williams’ arm as she thanked him and said, “They don’t make it easy.”

Harry then whispered a reply in Williams’ ear that made both him and Meghan laugh.

Williams finished the conversation by saying, “So you understand the significance. It’s beautiful.”

Meghan’s remark that “they don’t make it easy” came just a few days after she faced backlash for an appearance at Wimbledon to support her friend Serena Williams. She was accused of having extra tight security that left rows of empty seats around her and her friends and saw security guards appearing to chastise people who had cameras near her.

In February, five of Meghan’s close friends spoke anonymously in a rare interview with People magazine to stand up to what they called “global bullying” of the duchess.

“Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” one of the friends, described as a former costar of Meghan’s, told the magazine.

“We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby,” the costar said of Meghan, who was pregnant at the time with her first child, a son she and Harry named Archie. “It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”

Meghan has been dubbed “Duchess Difficult” by the British tabloids and faced rumors of a feud with her sister-in-law Kate, who is married to Prince William.

She was also criticized for her and Harry’s decisions to keep details of Archie’s life private, like his christening and his birth.

“When you see her at walkabouts, when she crouches down to talk to the kids and genuinely has real conversations with people, that’s Meg,” Meghan’s former costar told People. “That’s how she crouches down with our kids at home. That’s how she plays with them. That’s how she engages with people and how she always has.”

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Twins conjoined at the head successfully separated after 55 hours of surgery

iStock(LONDON) — A pair of extremely rare conjoined twins were successfully separated after a total of 55 hours of surgery during a months-long endeavor to help them each live independent lives.

The odds were stacked against Safa and Marwa Ullah, now 2, from the moment they were born, according to the officials at the London hospital where the surgeries were performed. Not only were the girls conjoined twins — a condition that occurs once in every 2.5 million births — but they were also craniopagus twins, meaning they were joined at the head.

Conjoined twins occur once in about every 2.5 million births, according to officials at the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH). Yet only 5% of the world’s conjoined twins are craniopagus and of that number, about 40% are stillborn or die during labor while another third will die within 24 hours, according to GOSH officials.

The two were successfully separated after three major operations that took place over the course of four months and involved a 100-person team, hospital officials said.

“We are indebted to the hospital and to the staff and we would like to thank them for everything they have done,” the twins’ mother, Zainab Bibi, said in a statement. “We are extremely excited about the future.”

Born in January 2017 in the town of Charsadda in Pakistan, the family traveled to London to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children — one of the few hospitals worldwide that has surgeons experienced in separating craniopagus twins.

Owase Jeelani, a neurosurgeon at the hospital who helped lead the surgeries, called the separation procedure “very complex.”

“The secret of doing them properly is like any other complex problem,” he said in a video explaining the surgery. “You break it down into smaller, much more manageable steps.”

The team’s first step was to perform a detailed assessment of the twins, their brains and the blood vessels connected their heads. Once that was completed, the surgeries began. The first surgery took place in October 2018 and the last operation happened in February.

The first two procedures focused on separating the brain and the blood vessels, then placing a piece of plastic between the two brains, according to an animation video explaining the surgery.

The third procedure focused on the skull and used a technique known as tissue expansion to stretch out the skin. The reconstruction was then done with their own bones and covering the top of their heads with the expanded skin.

The collection of surgeries were deemed a success.

“We are delighted we have been able to help Safa and Marwa and their family,” Jeelani said. “It has been a long and complex journey for them, and for the clinical team looking after them.”

The hospital staffers that looked after Safa and Marwa remembered the girl’s distinct personalities.

“Safa has always been a bit boisterous,” Lydia Lowe, a staff nurse, said in the video the hospital released that explained the surgery procedures.

“She’s always been the first to count or speak and Marwa is more cheeky where as soon as Saga goes to sleep, Marwa comes out to shine. It’s like Marwa’s time.”

Jeelani said he is hopeful for the girl’s future and is optimistic they’ll be walking by their next birthday.

For now, they are recovering in a London home with their mother, grandfather and uncle after leaving the hospital on July 1. The twins continue to receive daily treatment and rehabilitation.

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Puerto Rico governor says he will not resign despite protests over scandal involving controversial texts

iStock(NEW YORK) — A day after protesters clashed with police outside the governor’s mansion, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello insisted that he would not resign his post.

Rossello said he understood that Monday night’s protests were a direct message against him and his administration.

“I will continue in my job,” a defiant Rossello said from the governor’s mansion, adding “my commitment is to keep on working.” He would not answer what it would take for him to resign and insisted that he still had the legitimacy to stay in office.

The island’s embattled leader called Monday’s clashes “unacceptable” and condemned the “vandalism, aggression and violence.”

The third day of protests come after the nonprofit journalism group Center of Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of conversations that detail efforts to manipulate public narratives, operations to discredit negative press coverage and criticism of opposition leaders.

The conversations, made through the Telegram app, also contain sexist, homophobic and misogynistic comments from the members of the group, according to the report.

“I have not committed any illegal acts, or corrupt acts. I committed an improper act,” Rossello said of the Telegram chat group messages.

Following the revelation of the messages, Rossello announced the resignation of a number of government officials including Luis Rivera Marin, the Secretary of State.

On Monday, the Old San Juan streets surrounding the governor’s mansion were filled with hundreds of protesters calling for Rossello to leave.

Tensions escalated later into the evening when, according to police, some demonstrators threw rocks and tear gas at officers. Police responded with tear gas and the crowd disbursed at 1 a.m. Twenty-one police officers were injured in Monday’s protests, officials said.

Police Commissioner Henry Escalera told a local television station during the unrest, “We will defend democracy… until the last drop of blood.”

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a written statement on Tuesday that the latest political developments on the island “prove the President’s concerns about mismanagement, politicization, and corruption have been valid.”

The governor responded to the White House’s comments, saying “Corruption is a social evil. It’s a social evil in the private sector, it’s a social evil in local government, it’s a social evil in the federal government.”

Rossello addressed reports from El Vocero newspaper that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating the finances of Unidos por Puerto Rico, an organization launched by the governor and first lady Beatriz Rossello, to centralize donations to the island after Hurricane Maria.

He said that neither he nor his wife have been interviewed by the FBI as he distanced his administration from the fund, saying that his wife was only the spokesperson, but his administration had nothing to do with administering it.

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South Korean sisters adopted separately learn they grew up 30 minutes apart

Courtesy Ashley Enright(LANSING, Mich.) — Two women who were born in South Korea have developed a close bond after learning they’re actually sisters and share the same biological mother.

Ashley Enright, 31, and Trisha Thompson, 30, discovered the news after both took DNA tests and were predicted to be half-siblings.

The sisters grew up just 30 minutes apart with no knowledge the other existed, Enright told Good Morning America.

“It floored me,” said Enright, a resident of Lansing, Michigan. “We had gone to the same shopping malls … but never saw each other. I didn’t believe it at first.”

Thompson was adopted by Randy and Paula Vandemark of Michigan, and arrived at Detroit Airport from South Korea on June 12, 1989. She has one brother.

Enright said she came to the U.S. on Father’s Day in 1988. She was adopted by Michael and Paulette Enright, who have four children total — two biological and two adopted, including Ashley Enright.

In 2017, Enright received a DNA testing kit as a Christmas gift, took the test and dropped it in the mailbox. Then, last October, Thompson wound up taking the DNA test, which revealed Enright may be her half-sister.

So on Nov. 4, 2018, Thompson sent Enright a message on Facebook.

“I kind of stalked her on Facebook to see what she looked like,” Enright recalled. “I had to read it over and over again because I didn’t believe her right away.”

Thompson told GMA that she also didn’t believe the DNA test results when she received it in the mail.

“I kept trying to convince myself what this really meant,” Thompson said. “It took a long time for it to sink in…It became more and more real as time went on.”

After connecting with Enright, the pair exchanged texts and had a four-hour FaceTime conversation. In December 2018, the sisters finally embraced during an emotional, first meeting.

“We both kind of had meltdowns that day,” Enright said.

Thompson said, “She’s a lot like me in many, many ways. It never really occurred to me that there could be someone out there who could be one of my siblings and lives very close to me as well.”

Enright and Thompson compared adoption papers, which revealed they share a mother of the same name and date of birth. Both their adopted parents went through the same caseworker in South Korea to bring them to the U.S., but used different agencies, Enright said.

On Saturday, the women are hosting a picnic so the two extended families can meet.

“I love her. We have so much in common,” Enright said. “It’s like we’ve known each other our whole lives — it’s just that we’re catching up.”

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10,000 evacuated after massive fire disrupts Croatian music festival

STR/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — An estimated 10,000 people have been evacuated from a hip-hop festival on the Croatian island of Pag after a fire broke out in a nearby pine forest on Monday night.

Video posted on social media shows people running from the beach as flames were visible in the background.

“The wildfire at Fresh Island Festival right now is mad,” one attendee tweeted. “Whole thing been locked off.”

Police ordered revelers to leave the popular beach music festival as more than 60 fire fighters, along with 45 police officer and 22 vehicles were dispatched to try to bring the blaze under control, with strong Bora winds from the Adriatic Sea fanning the fire.

“It’s only after dawn, when three fire fighting planes were dispatched the fire was put under control,” a local police spokeswoman told ABC News. ”No one was injured in the fire or in the process of evacuation.”

Attendees were escorted to a nearby parking area to wait for shuttle buses to transport them to the nearest town of Novalja, but there was a long wait for the evacuees and festival organizers informed people that the main road to Novalja was closed due to the fire.

Some buses were later escorted through by police.

The road reopened on Tuesday morning as the fire was contaminated.

“I don’t know the exact time, maybe little after midnight you could see the smoke,” one of the waiters on the nearby Zrce beach, who wishes to remain anonymous, told ABC News. “The fire was spreading really fast, flames were billowing as high as 25 meters. “There were a lot of people (attendees of the Fresh Island Festival). They did not panic. The guests behaved as if nothing was happening.”

“The concert ended up in fire, literally! Around 2 a.m. the guests were told to evacuate,” he added.

The three-day festival was due to end on Wednesday, and festival organizers have not yet announced if the “Fresh Island Festival” will continue.

“Rest assured we’re doing everything we can to go ahead as planned to continue the parties,” the organizers posted.

“They are saying I can’t perform,” tweeted the British rapper Not3s, who, along with the American performer Tyga, was due to take to the main stage at 11 p.m. Monday. “I’m backstage been here since 12:30am.”

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Man arrested in murder of American biologist in Greece as new details emerge

Istimages/iStock(ATHENS, Greece) — Greek police have arrested a suspect in the murder of an American scientist who was found dead in an abandoned World War II bunker on the island of Crete last week.

The unnamed suspect is a 27-year-old Greek man who was brought in for questioning Monday and was later arrested after he “confessed his crime,” according to Maj. Gen. Constantinos Lagoudakis, director of Police General Directorate of Crete.

“He admitted his guilt and today he will be brought to justice,” Lagoudakis said in a statement Tuesday.

The suspect claimed that he spotted Eaton during the afternoon of July 2 and, “motivated by sexual satisfaction,” hit her twice with his car to stop her, according to Eleni Papathanassiou, a spokeswoman for Crete’s police department.

The suspect claimed he put Eaton, who was apparently unconscious, in the trunk of his vehicle and drove to a shelter’s ventilation drain, where he raped her and abandoned her there, according to Papathanassiou. He then blocked the entrance to the drain with a wooden palette and drove to a nearby graveyard where he “carefully cleaned” the trunk of his car, Papathanassiou said in a statement.

Papathanassiou told ABC News that the suspect is from the town of Kissamos, about 20 miles from the port city of Chania where Suzanne Eaton was staying. The suspect, whose father is a priest, lives with his wife and two small children in the village of Maleme, some 10 miles from Chania, according to Papathanassiou.

The man was detained just days after police obtained DNA evidence from nearly a dozen people who live nearby.

“Following the criminal proceedings, the perpetrator has been led to the District Prosecutor’s Office, while awaiting the results of the forensic, clinical and toxicological results of the examinations,” Papathanassiou said in a statement Tuesday.

A high-level police source who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity said a security camera in the area where Eaton’s body was found captured images of the suspect’s vehicle, a key piece of evidence that ultimately led police to him.

The suspect initially told police he had not been in the area for over a month but eventually broke down during the interrogation and confessed, the source told ABC News. The man claimed he committed the murder and intentionally hit Eaton with his car, the source said.

Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist and mother of two, was attending a conference in northwest Crete when she vanished on July 2. Eaton’s running shoes were missing from her hotel room while all her other belongings remained there, leading her family and colleagues to believe she may have gone for a run.

Greek authorities, joined by volunteers and Eaton’s loved ones, launched a large-scale search for her in the area, using dogs and helicopters. Her body was found on July 8 in the cave-like bunker, built by Nazis after they occupied Crete in 1941. Her cause of death was ruled a murder by asphyxiation, police said.

Eaton’s body showed signs of “a violent criminal act and possibly sexual abuse,” according to Lagoudakis.

She had “many broken ribs and face bones as well as multiple injuries to both hands,” Papathanassiou said in her statement Tuesday.

Greek state coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis, who examined the body, told Greece’s ANT1 News that “something complicated happened” during Eaton’s death, stating that it was “not immediate” and “there was duration involved.”

A police source told ABC News that Eaton fought for her life when she was attacked with someone with a knife. Her body had substantial injuries from a blade that was “defensive” in nature, the source said.

Investigators searched for men with muscular builds and the ability to overpower Eaton, who was an avid runner and had a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. They also requested data records from local mobile phone companies in hopes that they may identify the person or people who left Eaton’s body in the bunker.

Police sources told ABC News they have discovered traces of blood at the site where they believe Eaton was killed. The site is about one mile from the Orthodox Academy of Crete in the village of Platanias, where Eaton was attending the conference.

Eaton, a native of Oakland, California, is survived by her husband and two sons. Her remains will be returned to the United States for burial.

Eaton was a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. She was also a professor at the Biotechnology Center of the Technical University of Dresden in Germany, known as TU Dresden. Her colleagues there described her as “an outstanding and inspiring scientist, a loving spouse and mother, an athlete as well as a truly wonderful person beloved to us all.”

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