A major search has been launched on a Greek island for a missing British woman who went for a run and failed to return.
Police, firefighters, coast guard officers, volunteers and at least one helicopter are involved in the search for Dr Natalie Christopher, 34, an Oxford-educated astrophysicist.
A keen mountain racer and hiker, she went for a run on Monday on the island of Ikaria and has not been seen since.
Dr Christopher’s disappearance was reported by her 38-year-old partner, with whom she was on holiday.
He had woken up on Monday morning to find she had left a note to say she was off for a run. But she did not return.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office in London told The Telegraph: "We are assisting the family of a British woman reported missing in Ikaria, and are in contact with the Greek authorities who are conducting the search for her.”
The couple live in Cyprus. They were staying in the Kerame area of the island and had been planning to return to their home in Cyprus on Monday.
On Tuesday, concerned friends posted comments on her Facebook profile.
“Guys, any news from Natalie??? I’ve heard she is missing in Ikaria since Monday. OMG I hope she is well,” one wrote.
She is a keen sportswoman, with posts on her Facebook account showing her love of hiking, running and participating in mountain races.
A Greek navy helicopter equipped with thermal imaging from the nearby island of Chios was involved in the search, according to local reports.
"There’s a lot of people involved in the search," a spokeswoman for the Greek police told The Telegraph. "We’re doing all we can to find her."
A professional astrophysicist, Dr Christopher is involved in research at the European University Cyprus.
According to a professional profile, “she works to develop our understanding on the evolution of galaxies, by fitting models to data collected from telescopes and satellites.”
She also studied at Oxford University.
She launched an initiative called Cyprus Girls Can, which encourages girls and young women to get involved in sport.
Her disappearance follows the rape and murder last month of an American scientist who went for a jog on Crete.
Suzanne Eaton’s body was found dumped inside a Second World War bunker a week after she went missing.
A 27-year-old local man confessed to the murder of the 60-year-old molecular biologist, who had been attending a conference on Crete.
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