Taxi Driver Arrested After British Diplomat Rebecca Dykes Found Dead in Beirut

Lebanese authorities have arrested a suspect linked to the murder of a British diplomat.

Rebecca Dykes, 30, was found strangled near a highway outside Lebanon's capital Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday, December 17.

The man thought to be behind the murder was arrested early on Monday.

The suspect, only identified as TH, was arrested at about 3am and is being question on suspicion of murder, the Times reported.

The circumstances of the murder are not clear yet. It is believed that Dykes, who worked at the British embassy, had spent Friday evening at a bar in the capital.

She was last seen alive around 11pm, when she left her group of friends to return home.

Dykes left with another friend, but then the two women separated to go to their respective apartments.

It is believed that Dykes was kidnapped, raped and murdered on her way home.

Her friends said she left on foot, but investigators believe she took a taxi along the journey. They are working to locate both the car and the driver.

Authorities later said the man held in connection to the murder is an Uber driver with previous criminal violations, according to Sky News.

Dykes' body was taken to the Dahr al-Bashak Hospital amid reports she had been strangled with a thin rope on the Metn Highway, local Aljadeed TV reported.

Rebbeca Dykes
Rebecca Dykes Foreign Office

Dykes had described herself on a LinkedIn page as a Program and Policy Manager with the Department for International Development—a position she had held since January.

Dykes had previously worked in London on diplomatic programs related to Iraq and Libya, the LinkedIn page said.

She is believed to have grown up in Hong Kong before attending Malvern St James girls' boarding school in Worcestershire, according to Sky News.

Dykes studied anthropology at the University of Manchester before doing a Masters in International Security and Global Governance at Birkbeck, University of London.

The British foreign ministry provided a statement by the family of the woman, but gave no details of the circumstances of her death.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened," the family said.

Hugo Shorter, British ambassador to Lebanon, said: "The whole embassy is deeply shocked and saddened. Our thoughts are with Becky's family, friends and colleagues for their loss.

"We are providing consular support to Becky's family and working very closely with the Lebanese local authorities who are conducting the police investigation."