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An American nanny has been found dead in the Austrian capital, police said Wednesday.
Vienna Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger said the 25-year-old was found partially dressed in her apartment on Tuesday night after her employer got worried when she failed to turn up.
“We are still awaiting the final autopsy report, but are presently treating this as a homicide case,” Keiblinger told NBC News. He did not go into further detail on possible cause of death, but said the victim was discovered next to a "considerable amount of blood."
Police did not fully identify the victim, describing her only as Lauren M., originally from Colorado and working as an au pair while studying in Austria.
Both the U.S. Embassy in Vienna and the U.S. State Department confirmed the death of an American named Lauren Mann. Those officials said the embassy was assisting Austrian authorities on their investigation.
"We extend our deepest condolences to her loved ones," the embassy and State Department said in a statement.