JACQUELINE SUTTON, a British journalist who worked for the UN and the BBC, was found dead in Turkey in suspicious circumstances on Sunday October 18.
Local media reported that Sutton arrived in Istanbul from London Heathrow at about 10pm on Saturday night and was expected to fly on to Erbil in Iraq at midnight.
Sutton, who was working for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, missed the connecting flight and was informed by airline staff that she would have to buy a new ticket.
She was later discovered by passengers in the toilets of the airport and some reports indicate that she had taken her own life.
Colleagues close to Sutton however have cast doubt over the idea that the journalist would have committed suicide.
One colleague, journalist Rebecca Cooke, has called for an international investigation saying, “Shocking and sad news about the death of Jacky Sutton in Istanbul. An international not just local investigation is needed.”
Sutton , who had been doing field work in Erbil since July, spoke five languages and had been studying at the Australian National University for a PhD in Arab and Islamic studies.
Professor Amin Saikal, the director of the centre, said university staff were “deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic death of one of its brilliant PhD students.”
“She was not only an outstanding research scholar, but a highly valued friend and colleague who made remarkable contributions to the work and activities of the centre,” Professor Saikal added.
The Foreign Office stated that they were “providing consular assistance to the family at this time.” No further details were immediately available.