A British woman who worked at the U.K. embassy in Beirut was found strangled by the side of the road east of the Lebanese capital and authorities are investigating whether she was also sexually assaulted, officials said Sunday.
Britain’s Foreign Office in London confirmed the death of the embassy staffer, who worked for the British Department for International Department. British officials declined to provide further details. She was named by British media and her friends as Rebecca Dykes.
In a statement released by the Foreign Office, the family requested that the media respect their privacy “at this very difficult time.”
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened,” her family said.
“The whole embassy is deeply shocked and saddened by this news,” said British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter in a statement, “Our thoughts are with Becky’s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.”