University of Bath student Carmen Miron Buchacra was strangled
An “outstanding and gifted” university student found dead in Bath was strangled, post mortem tests have revealed.
Yesterday the family of Carmen Gabriela Miron Buchacra released a picture of her.
The 28-year-old's body was discovered at the Regency property in Bath, which she shared with her partner, Paul Keene.
Keene, 31, has been charged with murdering his University of Bath student girlfriend as their 11-week-old baby slept nearby.
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He appeared at Bath Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning accused of strangling the PhD student, who was known as Gaby, at their home Bennett Street.
He spoke only to confirm his name and address and no details of the incident were read out.
Police were called to the first floor flat they shared in Bennett Street in the early hours of Sunday morning and found Ms Buchacra’s body.
It is understood that the couple’s young baby was sleeping in another room.
A post-mortem examination showed Ms Buchacra had been strangled, Avon and Somerset Police said.
It is understood that Keene works for London Road-based financial services firm Advanced Investments.
His details had been on the company’s website, but were taken down yesterday morning.
The firm has declined to comment.
Miss Miron Buchacra was a fifth year research student studying for an Integrated PhD in postgenomic biosciences in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the Claverton Down campus.
Head of department Dr Richard Hooley paid tribute to her and said she would be sadly missed by staff and students.
He said: “All of us who had the privilege of working and studying with Gaby are going to miss her very much indeed. She was an outstanding and gifted research student and a lively, engaging and caring young woman.”
A spokesman for the university added: “Everyone at the university is very saddened and shocked by the news of Gaby’s death.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.”
He added that the university would be offering support to any staff or students who had been affected by her death.
There has been a police presence in the Bennett Street area over the past few days, with officers carrying out house-to-house inquiries and scene of crime investigators carrying out a search of the property.
Anyone who has any information is urged to call Bath CID on 101.