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British student found murdered in Italy.

A 22-year-old British student on an exchange programme was found murdered in Italy yesterday. The Foreign Office said it was aware of the reports and seeking to confirm the woman's identity.

Italian news agency Ansa said she had been found in her bedroom with a deep cut to her throat in the central Italian town of Perugia. Erasmus, the European student exchange programme, said it gave the woman funding to help her study.

"We have funded her but she was not on one of our programmes," a spokeswoman said. The woman's partially clothed body was found under a duvet yesterday afternoon at a house in the Viale, Sant' Antonio, not far from the city centre, Ansa said.

She had been in Italy since August as part of a university exchange. The report said she had been to a party. Three other students who lived with her did not stay at home last night. The door seemed to have been locked from the inside and police were concentrating on a window to the outside, Ansa said.

Police have sealed off the area around the scene. The discovery followed her mobile phone being found in the garden of a nearby house.

An elderly woman took the phone to police, who checked who the owner was, which led them to the house where the victim lived.

The elderly woman also reported having received a threatening phone call on Thursday night.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 3, 2007
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