What horrific news.
A young American woman named Lauren Mann was reportedly found dead in her apartment in Austria Tuesday night after she failed to make it to work on time.
The 25-year-old served as an au pair to a family in Vienna, and when they became suspicious of her absence, they contacted police — who unfortunately found Lauren dead in her apartment after breaking in the door.
What makes the case a murder investigation, however, is that the Coloradoan was reportedly found half-naked in her bed next to a "considerable amount of blood."
Vienna Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger confirmed the brutal nature of the crime, saying:
"We are still awaiting the final autopsy report, but are presently treating this as a homicide case."
While Austrian law has prevented authorities from verifying the identity of the body, the American Embassy has given Lauren's name out to the press.
We will continue to update you as information on this tragic case unfolds.
Rest in peace, Lauren.
[Image via Lauren Mann/Facebook.]