American artist reportedly strangled in Italy

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American Artist Reportedly Strangled in Italy

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- 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.

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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. Creazzo on Tuesday 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.

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Two women walk past the entrance to the building that houses the flat of Ashley Olsen, a 35-year-old American expatriate artist who was found dead on January 9, in Florence on January 11, 2016. Italian police were today studying cc-tv footage and awaiting the result of an autopsy as they attempted to explain the mysterious slaying of an American woman in Florence. Expatriate Ashley Olsen, an artist and event organiser who had moved to the Tuscan city to be near her art teacher father, was found dead in her flat in the city centre on January 9. / AFP / CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 1, 2016 shows messages and drawings on a wall to the building that houses the flat of Ashley Olsen, a 35-year-old American expatriate artist who was found dead on January 9, in Florence. Italian police were today studying cc-tv footage and awaiting the result of an autopsy as they attempted to explain the mysterious slaying of an American woman in Florence. Expatriate Ashley Olsen, an artist and event organiser who had moved to the Tuscan city to be near her art teacher father, was found dead in her flat in the city centre on January 9. / AFP / CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 9, 2016 shows police officers and forensics carrying the body of Ashley Olsen, a 35-year-old American expatriate artist who was found dead on January 9 in her flat in Florence. Italian police were today studying cc-tv footage and awaiting the result of an autopsy as they attempted to explain the mysterious slaying of an American woman in Florence. Expatriate Ashley Olsen, an artist and event organiser who had moved to the Tuscan city to be near her art teacher father, was found dead in her flat in the city centre on January 9. / AFP / CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian police officers stand outside an apartment where 35-year-old American woman Ashley Olsen was found dead, in Florence, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Italian police say the woman has been found slain in her apartment with bruises and scratches on her neck, but wouldn’t comment on Italian news reports that the woman had been strangled until an autopsy is performed. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)
Italian forensic police officers stand outside an apartment where 35-year-old American woman Ashley Olsen was found dead, in Florence, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Italian police say the woman has been found slain in her apartment with bruises and scratches on her neck, but wouldn’t comment on Italian news reports that the woman had been strangled until an autopsy is performed. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)
Police officers investigate on January 9, 2016 outside the building that houses the flat of Ashley Olsen, a 35-year-old American expatriate artist who was found dead on January 9, in the center Florence. Italian police were today studying cc-tv footage and awaiting the result of an autopsy as they attempted to explain the mysterious slaying of an American woman in Florence. Expatriate Ashley Olsen, an artist and event organiser who had moved to the Tuscan city to be near her art teacher father, was found dead in her flat in the city centre on January 9. / AFP / CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Olsen's body, with bruises and scratches on her neck, was discovered Saturday after her Italian boyfriend asked the landlady to open the apartment.

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