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A British diplomat was found murdered and raped by the side of a highway in Lebanon. The BBC reported that Rebecca Dykes’ body was found on the evening of December 16, according police sources. Her family said in a statement, as per the network, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened. We request that the media respect our privacy.” Dykes was 30 years old.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Choke Marks Were Found on Dykes’ Neck
The Lebanese Daily Star reports that Dykes’ body was found at the side of the Metn highway in Beirut. A second autopsy is pending on Dykes’ body. Sky News reports that Dykes is thought to have been strangled with a rope.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Dykes was last seen with friends on the night of December 15 at a bar in the Gemmayzeh district of Beirut.
2. Dykes Previously Worked in Iraq & Libya for the British Foreign Service
According to her LinkedIn page, Dykes has previously worked for the British foreign service in Iraq and in Libya.
3. The Foreign Office Is ‘Providing Support’ for Dykes’ Family
In a statement, the British Foreign Office said, “Following the death of a British woman in Beirut, we are providing support to the family. We remain in close contact with local authorities. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”
4. There Has Been No Information Regarding Arrests
Authorities believe that Dykes was kidnapped with her body being found miles away from where she was last seen, according to the Telegraph’s report.
5. Despite Security Problems in Lebanon, the Country Has a Low Murder & Rape Level
Despite security problems relating to terrorism, statistics indicate that Lebanon has among the lowest murder and rape levels in the world.