Greek search crews have found the body of a British scientist who went missing while on holiday on the Aegean island of Ikaria in a ravine near where she had been staying.

Police said the body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, was found in a 65ft deep ravine.

She had been reported missing on Monday by her Cypriot partner after she went for a morning run. The cause of death was not immediately clear and a post-mortem was scheduled for Thursday.

Rescuers told Greece’s state ERT TV that Ms Christopher appeared to have slipped and suffered fatal injuries while rock climbing.

Police, firefighters, volunteers and the coastguard scoured the area where Ms Christopher had been, which has paths along ravines and steep seaside cliffs.

A specialised police unit with geolocation equipment was sent to the island to help the search.

Cypriot authorities said they were in close contact with Greek search crews and the missing woman’s family.

“I express the sincere condolences of the Cypriot state and of myself to the family and friends of Natalie Christopher,” Cypriot Justice and Public Order Minister George Savvides said.