- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Peace Corps on Friday identified a worker who was found dead in the west African nation of Benin this week as Catherine “Kate” Puzey of Cumming, Ga.

Peace Corps director Jody Olsen says Puzey, 24, was an exemplary volunteer for the agency in Benin where she taught English at a rural school in the village of Badjoude about six hours from the capital of Cotonou.

“Kate’s life and work spoke volumes about the kind of dedication she had to her service as a volunteer, and the U.S. Peace Corps is greatly saddened by her loss,” Olsen said in a statement.

Puzey’s body was discovered early Thursday outside her home and officials suspect she may have been murdered. Neither the State Department nor the Peace Corps has commented on the cause of death, which will be determined by U.S. and local investigators. Puzey had been working for the Peace Corps in Benin since July 2007.

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