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The spring break slaying of a Columbia University law student, found in a pool of blood with her throat slashed inside her Manhattan apartment, left police and school officials searching for answers Saturday.

Lynda Hong, 26, a third-year law student, was discovered by her boyfriend Friday night. She was last seen alive Wednesday morning; the boyfriend checked on her after she failed to answer several phone calls, police said.

Her apartment showed no signs of a break-in and neither did the front door at the four-story residential building on West 113th Street, authorities said. There was also no evidence of a robbery in the ordinarily busy building, which had emptied out for the semester break.

Police said an autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death but added that the woman had a laceration across her neck.

The building is owned by Columbia University and is used to house graduate students. A statement issued Saturday by the university hierarchy stressed the safety of its campus.

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