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FBI to Join Burfon Death Probe

U.S. Computer Experts to Study Reporter's Computer for Possible Clues.

(3/29/2004) Bali Police authorities are still tracing down leads in the death of 62 year-old Sandra Jean Burfon whose body was found in the bathroom of her Sanur Beach residence on Friday, February 27, 2004. Burfon, a citizen of the United States and former bureau chief for TIME Magazine in Hong Kong, was discovered dead in the house she was sharing with her husband and domestic staff with severe wounds to her face and neck.

Local press reports indicate that police remain uncertain if Ms. Burfon's wounds were caused as the result of a fall or resulted from a personal attack. Apparently, no items were reported missing from the villa and intense interviews with family, friends and domestic help have not produced a viable motive for homicide.

On Friday, March 26, 2004, Bali's Chief of Detectives Boy Salamuddin confirmed that local police have requested assistance from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to analyze the contents of Ms. Burfon's laptop computer in the hope of resolving the continuing mystery surrounding her death.

Burfon was a well known and respected news reporter who gained international notoriety for her coverage of the assassination of Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino at Manila's airport in 1983. Ms. Burfon arrived in Manila on the same plane with Mr. Aquino and was on hand when he was assassinated while disembarking his flight.

Among the many expressing condolences at the death of Ms. Burfon was Mrs. Corazon Aquino, the wife of Benigno Aquino who served as the President of the Republic of the Philippines.