It's not until dinner at a Panera Bread close to campus that, picking nervously at a cup of soup, she reveals that she was raped at a house party in high school. She'd had so much to drink that she passed out in a bedroom, waking when a guy she'd seen eyeing her earlier opened the door. She wasn't strong enough to push him away.
- Alex Morris, The Blue Devil in Miss Belle Knox: Meet Duke Porn Star Miriam Weeks, Rolling Stone, April 23, 2014

The mystery of what happened to the woman, Birna Brjansdottir, an outgoing 20-year-old sales assistant, now appears to have been at least partly solved. She died from drowning after she was thrown — possibly from a bridge — into the North Atlantic Ocean, according to an autopsy report that was leaked Monday night to the national broadcaster RUV.

Ms. Brjansdottir was alive when she was thrown, the report concluded, but it was not clear if the killer knew that, or if she was conscious.

Medical examiners found bruises on her neck, the broadcaster reported, and she was naked when her body was discovered near a lighthouse about 20 miles southeast of Reykjavik, the capital.

Until now, the clues that had emerged since the victim disappeared on Jan. 14 after a night on the town in central Reykjavik had been jarring but elusive. She was last seen walking unsteadily down a street in the capital. ...

Ms. Brjansdottir was last seen at 5 a.m. on Jan. 14, eating a falafel pita. The moment — caught by surveillance cameras — has been replayed over and over again in the Icelandic news media. ...

Ms. Brjansdottir’s former boyfriend, Andrew Morgan, an industrial design student from Salt Lake City, met her on a vacation last summer.

He recalled in a phone interview that she mingled effortlessly with strangers. ...

While in Iceland, he said, the two had often walked late at night on Laugavegur, and he had scolded her for sometimes walking alone. “She insisted that it was fine to walk home alone, but coming from the United States I disagreed,” he said.

- DAN BILEFSKY and EGILL BJARNASON, Woman Was Thrown Into Ocean, Autopsy Says, in Murder That Shook Iceland, NYT, FEB. 7, 2017

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