updated 4/18/2011 7:53:24 PM ET 2011-04-18T23:53:24

Toronto police say a young Chinese woman found dead in a basement apartment near York University was last seen by a friend she was chatting with on the web.

Qian "Necole" Liu, a 23-year-old York student Beijing, was found dead just before noon Friday. Police are still looking for a man reportedly seen struggling with her earlier that morning.

Police say Liu was chatting with a friend by webcam at about 1 a.m. when an unknown man knocked on the door.

The friend, who lives overseas, reported seeing a struggle break out between the two before the man turned off Liu's laptop.

Liu was found naked from the waist down, but that there were no obvious signs of sexual assault or trauma that would have led to her death, police say.

Police say the laptop is now missing.

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