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Florence autopsy: Florida woman was strangled, maybe with rope

Ashley Olsen
Posted at 9:06 AM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 09:06:00-05

FLORENCE, Italy - An Italian prosecutor says an autopsy has determined that an American woman, whose naked body was found last week in her Florence apartment, was strangled with an object such as a rope.

Prosecutor Giuseppe Creazzo cautions more time is needed to establish the time of death for Ashley Olsen, a 35-year-old U.S. citizen who had lived in Florence for about three years. On Tuesday, Creazzo said results of chemical analyses of body tissue and fluid are needed to narrow the arc of time when she died, as well as determine whether she had been sexually assaulted. The autopsy was performed Monday.

Olsen's body, with bruises and scratches on her neck, was discovered Saturday after her Italian boyfriend asked the landlady to open the apartment.