A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of an American woman who was strangled in her apartment in Italy, prosecutors said Thursday.
Ashley Olsen, 35, an artist from Summer Haven, Fla., was found dead in her apartment in Florence on Saturday.
Prosecutors in Florence on Thursday said she suffered two fractures to her skull before she was strangled with an object such as a rope, the Associated Press reported. They added that the suspect was detained after DNA found on a condom, a cigarette and under Olsen’s fingernails was analysed.
Authorities identified the suspect as Tidiane Cheik Diaw, a 25-year-old Senegalese man who arrived in Italy illegally a few months ago, the AP reported.
Italian news agency ANSA said that the suspect was identified with the help of surveillance footage after Olsen spent the night at a club.
Prosecutors said witnesses reported seeing Olsen and Diaw leaving the Montecarla disco early Friday morning and entering her apartment, the AP said.
Florence chief prosecutor Giuseppe Creazzo told a news conference that the two, who had drunk alcohol and possibly taken drugs, had consensual sex. He said the motive for the killing wasn’t known.
Creazzo added that Diaw took Olsen’s cell phone, put his SIM card in it and used it.
Diaw remains in detention.