Police investigating death of British embassy worker in Beirut

UK diplomat who worked at the British embassy in Beirut Lebanon has been found murdered

UK diplomat who worked at the British embassy in Beirut Lebanon has been found murdered

We're providing consular support to her family & working very closely with Lebanese authorities who are conducting police investigation. "We are trying to understand what has happened and we call the media to respect our privacy in these hard times", added the relatives of the victim.

A Lebanese security official confirmed that the body of a woman was found by the side of a road east of Beirut early Saturday and that she was later identified as a staffer at the British embassy in Lebanon.

The body of Rebecca Dykes was found on the side of a motorway Saturday, with local sources telling the BBC that the United Kingdom embassy employee had been sexually assaulted and strangled. "We request that the media respect our privacy", Dykes' family said in a statement.

He said investigators were looking into reports that Dykes had been sexually assaulted.

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Dykes had been living in Beirut since January while working as the Department for International Development's program and police manager, according to the BBC.

Local police say an investigation is underway and a second post-mortem examination is to be carried out later.

She had previously worked as an Iraq Research Analyst with the FCO. We remain in close contact with local authorities. Our thoughts are with Becky's family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.

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