British Diplomat Found Dead in Suspected Murder

Posted: Dec 17, 2017 2:00 PM

British diplomat Rebecca Dykes, working at the UK embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, was found dead along the side of a road early Saturday morning. 

Authorities are saying Dykes was murdered after finding her dead body tossed to the side of a major roadway over the weekend. It is believed Dykes had been at a party on Friday night and left by herself around midnight. The woman’s body was found alongside the Metn highway. Forensics suggests she died at 4:00 am Saturday morning. 

British ambassador Hugo Shorter issued the following statement. 

Dykes had graduated from the University of Manchester and had a masters in international security and global governance from Birkbeck, University of London. 

She was working as a program and policy manager with the UK’s Department for International Development and as a policy manager with the Libya team at the UK’s Foreign Office. 

According to the Independent, spokesmen for both these departments issued statements on her death. 

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office confirmed Ms Dykes' death and said they were providing support to the family.

She said: "Following the death of a British woman in Beirut, we are providing support to the family.  We remain in close contact with local authorities.  Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."

A Department for International Development spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with Becky's family and friends at this very upsetting time.

"There is now a police investigation and the FCO (Foreign Office) is providing consular support to Becky's family and working with the local authorities."

There are no known suspects at this time.