In Dead American Expat's Instagram, Eerie Hashtags

Hashtags include: #Ihaveastalker, #creeperpic and #stalkeralert
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2016 6:41 AM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2016 6:57 AM CST
In Dead American Ex-Pat's Instagram, Eerie Hashtags
Italian police officers stand outside an apartment where 35-year-old American woman Ashley Olsen was found dead,   (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

American expat Ashley Ann Olsen, who was found dead Saturday in her apartment in Florence, Italy, left behind an Instagram account that could possibly shed light on how she died. Some two months before she was killed, Olsen, 35, posted photos on Instagram with hashtags, such as #Ihaveastalker, #creeperpic and #stalkeralert, that seem to indicate that she thought she was being stalked, the Telegraph reports. The photos, including an image of her walking her dog and another one of her shopping, appear to have been taken without Olsen's knowledge. However, as the Guardian notes, it is not clear whether she was joking about photos taken by friends or if she was truly concerned.

Olsen, originally of Summer Haven, Fla., was found by her boyfriend, an Italian artist. Concerned that she had not been answering his calls, he convinced her landlord to let him enter her locked apartment. After discovering her naked, bruised, and scratched body, he called police, per the Telegraph. One woman who knew Olsen tells the Telegraph that there had been problems in the relationship. “She had been in a previous marriage that ended badly," she says. "I encouraged her to get therapy, to not repeat the situation." Police have questioned Olsen's boyfriend, but no suspect has been named, reports the Guardian, and an autopsy is to be performed. Investigators are examining her computer, phone records, and security camera footage from a busy intersection near her apartment. Interestingly, the Telegraph notes that the lead investigator in the Amanda Knox case is among top officials investigating Olsen's death. (More Ashely Ann Olsen stories.)

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