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Body of murdered Chislehurst teacher 'too badly burned to identify'

PUBLISHED: 17:16 18 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:23 18 October 2013

Lauren Patterson

Lauren Patterson

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The body of murdered Chislehurst teacher Lauren Patterson was reportedly too badly burned to be visually identified.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of the 24-year-old, who went missing in the early hours of Saturday morning in Doha, Qatar.

Friends of Lauren have told Doha News that her body was too burnt to be recognised.

Authorities will now carry out DNA testing on Lauren’s body in the Qatari capital where she taught primary school children at Newton British School.

On Wednesday, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior released a statement confirming arrests had been made.

“The police has arrested the suspects of a European woman’s murder.

“The case has been referred to Public Prosecution to complete further judicial procedures applicable in this regard.”

The identities of the two men arrested is currently unknown.

Qatari officials have yet to respond to speculation that her body was found in the desert or dumped outside La Cigale hotel.

Tensions between locals and expats are reportedly running high since the incident. Up to 500 British expats are thought to be arriving in Doha every day as the city expands into a global hub built on the back of Qatar’s enormous oil and natural gas wealth.

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