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Investigations are ongoing in Mallawi, Minya, into the case of the murder of Rauth Rashid, a 36 year-old Coptic woman who was found strangled inside a car near the village of Deir al-Barsha in Mallawi, Minya some 250km south of Cairo. The authorities are currently waiting for the forensic report following an autopsy.

Ms Rashid had been married for over 17 years and had two daughters from that marriage. She is the sister of two priests, Fr Timothy Rashid, Deputy to the Bishop of Mallawi, and Fr Lucas Rashid, priest of al-Rawda Church in Mallawi.

Ms Rashid left her home in the village of al-Malkiya al-Qibliya at 7:00 pm on Thursday 26 October and was reported missing at the early hours of 27 October.

Ms Rashid’s body was found fully dressed on the rear seat of a car with her neck thrown back, family members told the media.

Initial investigations revealed that the car owner was a Coptic man in his thirties—his name was not rvealed—and that he had died of a heart attack at 10pm on 26 October, in hospital where he had been moved by his brother. His brother is now being questioned by the legal authorities.

The crime has rocked Mallawi, given that the victim was well known and respected.


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