BEIRUT: Investigators intensified efforts Wednesday to determine reasons behind the death of a university student whose body was found in an empty lot in the capital’s Hamra district, a security source said.

Speaking to The Daily Star, the source said authorities were trying to establish if the death of Nicole Assaf, 21, was the result of a crime, or suicide.

The body of Assaf, a civil engineering student at the American University of Beirut, was discovered behind Midtown Hotel and Suites in Hamra in a pool of blood around 7 p.m. Tuesday, the source said.