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U.S. ENVOY IS SLAIN IN LONDON

An American diplomat was stabbed to death in her ground-floor west London apartment, police said Friday.

Scotland Yard said the body of Marie Burke, 63, a second secretary who worked in the consular section of the U.S. Embassy, was found Thursday afternoon after a colleague became concerned when she failed to show up for work.She last seen about 10 p.m. Wednesday, heading home after dining with friends, police said.

Police said they found Burke in bed, still in her nightclothes, with what appeared to be a single stab wound in the chest.

Detective Superintendent Alan Lewis, leading the investigation, said: "There is no sign of forced entry, and it appears the assailant may have got in through an insecure or open window."

Officers said her purse was missing but embassy-owned art objects were left undisturbed.