Nation IN BRIEF : FLORIDA : Police Probe Death of Turkish Student

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 17-year-old exchange student from Turkey was found dead in bushes near the Tampa home where he was staying. His belongings were scattered nearby. Homicide detectives were investigating the death of Mahmet Bahar, who was discovered by his roommate and an early morning jogger in an affluent neighborhood, police said. Police believe Bahar, of Antalya, Turkey, died late Friday or early Saturday and that a struggle was involved. Bahar was in Tampa to study English at the American Language Academy, a school on the campus of the University of Tampa that is not affiliated with the university. The death heightened concerns of authorities in Florida, which has been hit by a rash of killings of tourists.

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