British diplomat Rebecca Dykes, who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut, has been found murdered.
Her body was found on Saturday close to the Metn expressway, in Lebanon’s capital.
It is believed Dykes, who was in her 30s, was raped before her death.
Her body has reportedly been transferred to the Dahr al-Bashak Hospital for a post-mortem.
A family spokesman said: ‘We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened.
‘We request that the media respect our privacy as we come together as a family at this very difficult time.’
A spokesman for the Department for International Development where she worked 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.’
A Foreign Office spokesman added: ‘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.’