On Dead American Expat's Instagram, 'Sorry' Graffiti

Ashley Ann Olsen was strangled with cordlike object: cops
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2016 8:21 AM CST
On Dead American Expat's Instagram, 'Sorry' Graffiti
Flowers are laid outside the apartment where an American woman was found slain, in Florence, Italy, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.   (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

Ashley Ann Olsen's boyfriend allegedly compromised the crime scene when he found her naked body in her Florence apartment on Saturday, reports the Daily Beast by way of local media. Federico Fiorentini, 42, says he and Olsen argued on Wednesday; his calls to her went unanswered, and he ultimately convinced her landlady to let him in her apartment. There, they found the 35-year-old American dead beside the sofa, via "strangulation with a cord or belt or scarf," per police. "Federico was desperate," the landlady tells Oggi. "The body was cold, but he did not understand that there was nothing to do. He tried in every way, first with the mouth-to-mouth, then with heart massage … He kept repeating 'my little one, my love.'" The Daily Beast points out Fiorentini's actions moved her body, which now has his DNA on it (though police say Fiorentini has an alibi).

For now, authorities are looking for "any acquaintance" Olsen may have made before her death; she was last seen at a nightclub at 3am Friday. The same investigator who led the investigation into Meredith Kercher's murder says she was not sexually assaulted but hints her death could have involved an erotic game, as was suggested in the Kercher case. Police tell CNN they are also looking into an Instagram post in which Olsen claimed to have a stalker. The Daily Beast digs further into her Instagram feed, pointing out a months-old photo of graffiti addressed to an Ashley, posted with a #forme hashtag: "I'm so f---ing sorry. I can't cry anymore. Please come back," it reads. Two weeks before her death, Olsen posted an image of an Eat, Pray, Love quote: "We loved each other … It's just that we couldn’t figure out how to stop making each other desperately, shriekingly, soul-punishingly miserable." Police say activity on Olsen's computer stopped around noon on Friday, per CNN. Her phone has not been found, per NBC News. (More Florence stories.)

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