A 30-year-old British diplomat was found dead on the side of a highway in Beirut Saturday. Senior police sources in Lebanon told the BBC that Rebecca Dykes was strangled before being left by the Metn Highway in the nation’s capital. The Guardian reports that an initial exam revealed she died around 4am Saturday. Dykes was last seen at a party with friends in central Beirut’s nightlife district before leaving the bar by herself around midnight. She worked at the UK embassy in Beirut as a program and policy manager with the Department for International Development and as a policy manager with the Foreign Office’s Libya team. Following the tragic news, British Ambassador Hugo Shorter said a palpable sense of sorrow was felt throughout the embassy.
“The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news,” Shorter tweeted. “My thoughts are with Becky’s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.” 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. “Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time,” she said. Dykes’ family released a statement requesting privacy from the media as they process the shocking news. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca,” it read. “We are doing all we can to understand what happened.” (Read more diplomat stories.)