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  • 25 May 2014, 21:38

Bali Murder: Arrest After Briton Found Dead

Police have arrested a construction worker suspected of murdering a British teacher in her rented villa on the holiday island of Bali, an official has said.

The 32-year-old man was arrested in Jakarta after he allegedly robbed and killed 49-year-old Anne Marie Drozdz.

Ms Drozdz was found dead in her villa in the cultural tourism district of Ubud on Thursday afternoon, police said.

She had travelled around the world teaching at international schools and, according to her LinkedIn profile, last worked in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Her brother Gregory Drozdz†said the family was suffering "overwhelming grief" after Ms Drozdz's death.

"We were contacted by the Foreign Office on Friday. They told us it appeared my sister had gone back to her villa in Bali and that there had been some kind of scuffle involving a burglary," he said.

"My brother had only spoken to her by email a few weeks ago and she seemed very happy.

"I had sent her birthday greetings for her 49th birthday on April 29.

"It's gut-wrenching. You never expect it's going to happen to you and your family. It has left us raw, bewildered and confused."

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Bali police commissioner Refi Pribadi†said the suspect had allegedly stolen a mobile phone, a motorcycle and 20 million rupiah (£1,500) from Ms†Drozdz.

"We arrested him on charges of robbery and murder," he said.

Ms Drozdz was found by the owner of the villa lying dead on the floor with a black cloth over her face, police said earlier.

Forensics experts said that the woman's body showed bruises on the neck and around the mouth.

A British embassy spokesman in Jakarta confirmed the death, adding that embassy officials were "ready to provide assistance to the family" and that they were cooperating with local authorities.