The body of a British diplomat was found by the Metn highway in Beirut in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Rebecca Dykes, 30, worked for the Department for International Development at the UK Embassy. On Friday night, she had been out with friends in Gemmayze at a leaving party for a colleague and left around midnight with another friend. The two separated not far from Dykes’ home, and it is believed she was abducted shortly afterwards.

An initial autopsy suggests strangulation was the cause of death. Local media have reported that Dykes may have been sexually assaulted prior to her death. A taxi driver has been arrested after police used CCTV to trace his vehicle.

An unnamed sourced told Sky News that Dykes had had security training and added that “…she followed procedures, especially in the job she did. She was very charming, sociable and dedicated to her work. She wasn’t the kind of girl to be walking around on her own. She was always in control.

The Telegraph reports that Dykes ‘had not been drinking as she had an early flight to catch home early the next morning for the Christmas holidays.


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