Qatar Teacher Arrests: 2 Charged in Murder of British Woman

Image: Qatar Teacher Arrests: 2 Charged in Murder of British Woman Lauren Patterson taught at the Newton British School in the Qatari capital of Doha.

Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 11:24 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Two men have been arrested as suspects in the murder of a young British woman working as a teacher in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, the Daily Mirror reported.

Lauren Patterson, a 24-year-old from the U.K. who had been teaching at the Newton British School in the Qatari capital of Doha, was last seen Saturday night leaving a nightclub in the La Cigale Hotel. She reportedly left in a taxi with a group of friends, including an ex-boyfriend, and later texted a friend that the cab had dropped her off at the wrong house, The Telegraph reported.

Though Qatari police have not officially confirmed that Patterson is dead, a body was discovered in trash bins near the hotel Monday night and Patterson's friends and family members have posted tributes to her on social media.

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"Thank you so much to everyone for all their wonderful words about Lauren," Alison Patterson, Lauren's mother, posted on Facebook. "She was a truly remarkable girl my rock always there for everyone. I know she's in heaven now in her Daddy's arms."

The teacher's current boyfriend, James Grima, also posted a heartfelt message to his girlfriend on the social networking site.

"I can't believe that it had to end this way Lauren, really I don’t," he wrote. "I was so happy that I had finally found someone that could my change my life so much, and in such a positive way too — Rest In Peace babe, I will always look up at the sky cause you always were the brightest star and always will be."

Media outlets reported this week that a couple of men were brought in for questioning in connection to Patterson's murder but later released. The Daily Mirror, citing Qatar's Interior Ministry, claimed that two suspects were arrested Wednesday.

"The police has arrested the suspects of a European woman's murder," the Interior Ministry said in a statement in English on its website. "The case has been referred to Public Prosecution to complete further judicial procedures applicable in this regard."

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