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Body of Jim Thorpe woman killed in Qatar to be released

Published November 26. 2012 05:05PM

It's been more than 10 days since Jennifer Brown of Jim Thorpe, 40, a teacher at a school in the Middle East country of Qatar, was slain.

Finally, it appears her body will be sent home to her family for proper burial.

Her father, Robert Brown of Jim Thorpe, said this morning he was informed that his daughter's body will be released from Qatar on Wednesday.

He's hoping for arrival on Thursday.

Brown, who formerly taught at St. Joseph's School in Jim Thorpe and in the Jim Thorpe Area School District, went to Qatar after attending a job fair over the Labor Day weekend.

Assured the country was safe, she taught at the Al Wakra Campus of English Modern School and stayed at the school accommodations for teachers. It was at the school accommodations where she was killed, allegedly by a Kenyan security guard.

Brown said he has been stonewalled on information from officials in Qatar on the murder. It hasn't been confirmed if an official arrest has occurred.

The Peninsula newspaper in Qatar said Brown's employer, The English Modern School, has acted as a liaison with her parents following the crime, but officials there also have no further updates about what happened.

Initial reports said Brown was killed in her home and the security guard who was apprehended had money belonging to Jennifer. It also was reported that he has confessed to the murder and faces the death penalty. It's not reported how Jennifer was killed.

Jennifer is the daughter of Robert and Mary Brown of Jim Thorpe.

Robert said in a previous interview that he tried to dissuade Jennifer from going to Qatar, but she loved traveling and was convinced it is a safe environment.

He said this morning, "She was a great kid."

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