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Missing British Teacher Feared Dead In Qatar
A British teacher is feared dead after going missing in Qatar.
Lauren Patterson disappeared in the early hours on Saturday in the state's capital Doha.
Local media are reporting the primary school teacher was last seen outside the city's five-star La Cigale hotel.
The 24-year-old's mother and boyfriend both took to Facebook to describe her as "truly amazing" and "remarkable" amid unconfirmed reports that a body has been found.
Doha police said they could not confirm whether Ms Patterson had died, what had happened to her, or the progress of their investigation.
Ms Patterson, originally from Chislehurst in south-east London, was working at the Newton British School in Doha.
Reports suggested she had returned to Doha on Friday after attending her grandmother's funeral in Britain.
Her mother, Allison Patterson, who is reported to have flown to Doha, wrote on Facebook: "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."
Her boyfriend, James Grima, from Malta, wrote: "You really were the most smart, kind, beautiful and amazing woman I've ever met.
"I keep going through our messages and your pictures, and it reminds me of how lucky I was just to even know you and be a part of your life.
"Although I don't know if I will ever come to terms with what happened, I have all our funny & beautiful memories that we shared together."
Friend Lorna Ann Campbell wrote: "I can't get my head around why someone so special has been taken from us.
"She meant the world to us and we will never forget how beautiful she was.
"You couldn't ask for a better friend. Her family meant everything to her and she was always talking about you all. Sending love and prayers to you all.xxxx"
Friends had desperately been appealing for help to find her on social media.
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.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of a British national, Lauren Patterson, reported missing in Qatar.
"We are providing the family with consular assistance."