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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The parents of an American woman found dead in her Florence apartment have thanked Italian authorities for having made an arrest in the case as they prepare to bury her in her adopted Tuscan homeland.
Paula and Walter Olsen issued a statement through their attorney Friday, a day after police arrested a Senegalese man on suspicion he killed Ashley Olsen after a night of cocaine-fueled sex followed by a fight.
According to his lawyer, 27-year-old Cheik Tidiane Diaw acknowledged that he had pushed Olsen twice to the ground after she pushed him. But he says he never strangled her and left her alive on her bed.
In the statement, the Olsens thanked Italian authorities "for their swift apprehension of the perpetrator."