A British woman who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut has been found dead, Lebanese police have said.
Rebecca Dykes' body was found on the side of a motorway on Saturday.
She had been strangled, the BBC was told by senior police sources. An investigation is underway.
Her family said in a statement: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened. We request that the media respect our privacy."
A DfID spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with Becky's family and friends at this very upsetting time."
The Foreign Office said it was in contact with the Lebanese authorities following the death of a British woman in Beirut.