Suzanne Eaton was killed in Greece, was raped, police in Crete stated on Tuesday.
Police stated on Monday that a 27-year-old local man had confessed to the crime.
The suspect mentioned in his confession that he had seen Eaton running, and “with sexual assault as a probable motive, hit her twice with his car to be able to immobilize her,” Crete’s Chief of Police Konstantinos Lagoudakis stated at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Then, after she was unconscious, he put her in the trunk of his car and took her to the location of the World War II bunker” the place her body was found, Lagoudakis mentioned.
The suspect raped her and dumped her body into the bunker, masking the opening of the bunker’s air shaft with a chunk of wood to cover it, Crete police’s head of press Eleni Papathanassiou informed CNN.
It’s not clear if Eaton was still alive when she was raped, she mentioned.
Wheel tracks lead officers to the suspect, police stated, explaining that they had linked tracks discovered close to the bunker to his car, which, they are saying, he cleaned after the attack on Eaton.
Throughout preliminary questioning, the suspect denied having been close to the bunker for a month, which raised suspicions, Lagoudakis mentioned.
Signals from the suspect’s cellphone also placed him close to the crime scene on the day of the attack, the police chief mentioned.