British diplomat found dead in Beirut was murdered, police believe

Frederick Owens
December 18, 2017

A young female diplomat working at the British embassy in Beirut is feared to have been kidnapped and murdered while walking home from a party. The BBC reports that there is suspicion she was murdered.

Local police sources say she was sexually assaulted, raped, and her body dumped by the side of a motorway. The expressway is a mountain road that links the coastal area of Metn north and east of Beirut with the town of Baabdat in the hills of Mount Lebanon.

According to Dykes' social media profiles, she was employed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which issued a statement following confirmation of her death. "We are doing all we can to understand what happened", the family said.

She left a bar in the city centre at around midnight, before being left several miles away.

Dykes had been working in Lebanon since January.

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Following the tragic news, British Ambassador Hugo Shorter said a palpable sense of sorrow was felt throughout the embassy. Per the Independent, a spokeswoman for the foreign office noted that they are providing support to Dykes' family and are working closely with the Lebanese authorities conducting the investigation. She had previously worked as an Iraq Research Analyst with the FCO.

The Foreign Office said it was in contact with the Lebanese authorities.

"We remain in close with local authorities".

It is thought she was abducted some time after and killed.

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