Mystery over American au pair found dead in Vienna

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The 25-year-old from Colorado was found lying face down on a mattress with splatters of blood on the floor.

Lauren Mann was discovered lying half-naked, facedown on a mattress at her fourth district address. (Photo: Facebook)

Vienna: Austrian police were hunting for clues on Friday in the mysterious death of an American au pair whose body was discovered in her apartment in Vienna.

The 25-year-old from Colorado was found on Tuesday night lying face down on a mattress with splatters of blood on the floor.

A sea of burning candles, according to the APA news agency, had surrounded her half-undressed body.

Investigators said the victim was believed to have died from suffocation, but added it was too early to determine whether she had been murdered.

"Further post-mortem examinations need to be carried out," a police spokesman said on Friday.

The woman's employers, who described her as "very reliable", had filed a missing person report on Tuesday after she failed to pick up their child from kindergarten.

Firemen then went to the American's one-bedroom flat and broke down the entrance door, leading to the gruesome discovery.

The au pair had been living in Austria for several years and was a German language student.

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