UPDATE: Mother pays tribute to ‘remarkable’ Chislehurst teacher Lauren Patterson
PUBLISHED: 10:11 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:04 15 October 2013
Chislehurst teacher Lauren Patterson is believed to have been murdered in Qatar, just hours after arriving back in the country having attended her grandmother’s funeral in the UK.
The 24-year-old disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning, and was last seen at around 1.20am outside the five-star hotel La Cigale, in Doha.
Tweets were sent out by her close friends appealing for information on her whereabouts, but her boyfriend, James Grima, revealed she had died in a message on Facebook hours later.
Her mother, Alison Patterson, who attended her own mother’s funeral last week, took to Facebook to pay tribute to her daughter.
She said: “Thank you so much to everyone for all their wonderful words about Lauren. She was a truly remarkable girl my rock always there for everyone.
“I know she’s in heaven now in her Daddy’s arms.”
Reports suggest Lauren was last seen in Doha with two men, including her ex-boyfriend.
It is thought he has since travelled to Saudi Arabia, though police arrested the other man - who was allegedly sporting a bruised lip.
His apartment was searched, but he was later released.
Lauren, the eldest of three children, was a teacher at Newton International School, in Doha.
Friends of her mother, Alison, paid their respects online. Wilson Annette said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with you and the family. We miss the beautiful and loving girl, she will always be remembered in our hearts.”
Laura Bragg added: “In total shock cannot believe this has happened. Absolutely devastating, how can life be that unfair. Lauren is in all of my thoughts as are you Georgia and David at this awful time.”