A Brit found dead on a Greek island is believed to have fallen while attempting a makeshift climb up a steep area without specialised equipment, according to reports.
Greek police confirmed earlier today they had found the body of missing 35-year-old astrophysicist Natalie Christopher in a ravine on Ikaria.
Initial stages of the investigation now reportedly indicate she had tried to climb up an inaccessible area, a rock which is not suitable for climbing or descending.
Natalie was most likely to have died from a fall due to an accident, Skai report s, but there has been no official confirmation yet.
A forensic examiner is due to attend the site to begin the stages required to establish the cause of death, reports say.
Natalie, from London but who was living in Cyprus, had been reported missing by her partner after she failed to return from a run on Monday morning.
Authorities launched a search operation on Monday afternoon involving police, the fire brigade and a helicopter.
“The body of the 35-year-old British national was found by search teams at a ravine about 20 metres deep,” Greek police said, confirming earlier reports by Greek state TV ERT.
Natalie’s disappearance had prompted a massive campaign on social media with friends pleading for information on her whereabouts.
She was well-known for her peace activism in ethnically-split Cyprus and was also a campaigner for more women in under represented scientific fields.
Natalie was a keen sports enthusiast, running summer camps to get more girls into sports.
She had made a final Facebook post just hours before vanishing, where she spoke about how “beautiful” the area was.
In a Facebook post written on Sunday morning, Natalie wrote: “Beautiful spot for swimming and deep water solo – had so much fun here today.
“Realised later there was bolted routes here too, would love to come back again to climb. Any takers?”
The astrophysicist, from north London, posted pictures of a beach along with cliff faces fitted with bolts intended for rock climbers.
Natalie had arrived on the island on Saturday for a short break before being due to leave for Cyprus on Monday.