Teacher Lauren Patterson: Body Found in Qatar, 2 Held for Murder

Image: Teacher Lauren Patterson: Body Found in Qatar, 2 Held for Murder Lauren Patterson, right, and the school where she taught at in Qatar.

Friday, 18 Oct 2013 09:35 AM

By Michael Mullins

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British teacher Lauren Patterson's body was found in the desert earlier this week after she went missing in Qatar on Saturday.

She was last seen leaving a night club with two local men in the nation's capital of Doha. One of the men was reportedly an ex-lover.

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On Wednesday, Qatar officials announced the arrest of two men in connection with Patterson's death, Britain's Daily Mail reported.

The identities of the men were not released.

According to several British news sources, both individuals were Qataris.

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

There were conflicting reports surrounding Patterson's disappearance, with some friends telling police that they last saw the 24-year-old British teacher leaving the five-star hotel La Cigale in the company of a group of Qatari men. The friends later said they received texts from Patterson that said she was being taken to the wrong house, the Daily Mail reported.

On Twitter, another close friend tweeted, "Lauren was raped and brutally murdered," the Daily Mail noted.

A teacher at Newton British School in Doha, Patterson had reportedly arrived in Qatar just days before she went missing. She was in England attending her grandmother's funeral.

Patterson's mother, Alison Patterson, flew into Qatar earlier this week to identify her daughter's body.

"Lauren was a wonderful young woman having the time of her life," her mother told reporters. "There have been so many people that have put to us how highly they thought of Lauren and loved her."

Prior to the discovery of Patterson's body, the victim's boyfriend, James Grima pleaded on social media websites with followers to attempt to locate his girlfriend.

"I love you so much babe, I really do and I can’t get over the fact that you were taken away so cruelly, it really breaks my heart to think about it," Grima wrote on Facebook after learning that her body was found this week. "I know you’re watching over us, wherever you are, and I know that I will meet you again one day."

"Rest In Peace babe ... I will always look up at the sky cause you always were the brightest star and always will be," Grima added.

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