Wednesday 7 December 2016

'We are devastated' - Father of American artist found strangled in Florence apartment expresses family's grief

Published 13/01/2016 | 21:34

This undated image shows 35-year-old U.S. citizen Ashley Olsen. (The Florentine/Courtesy of Ashley Oslen friends via AP)
This undated image shows 35-year-old U.S. citizen Ashley Olsen. (The Florentine/Courtesy of Ashley Oslen friends via AP)

The father of an American woman found dead over the weekend in her Florence apartment has expressed the family's grief and asked for privacy.

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Walter Olsen, the father of 35-year-old Ashley Olsen, said in a statement: "We are devastated that our precious Ashley has passed away resulting from a horrible and senseless crime."

He described his daughter as "a beautiful and creative young woman, with a happy, exuberant and generous soul", adding: "We are heartbroken she was taken from us."

He asked that the family be left to grieve in peace and expressed "faith that the perpetrator will be found and sentenced".

A post-mortem has determined that the woman was strangled. No suspect has been identified.

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