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Canadian woman found dead in UK, police search for her ex-boyfriend

Angela Hoyt is shown in a photo released by the Hertfordshire Constabulary on May 26, 2011. HANDOUT.

British police are looking for the ex-boyfriend of a Canadian woman who was found dead in her home north of London.

Angela Hoyt of Windsor, Ont., was found dead on Tuesday after her family in Canada called authorities because they were concerned about her.

The 34-year-old Red Cross communications adviser had returned from three months of work in Pakistan a week before she died.

Hertfordshire police say they want to speak to Martin Collett, an ex-boyfriend of Hoyt’s, and they’re asking the public for help finding him.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ross calls the incident a “tragic case” involving people who are known to each other.

Hoyt moved to the U.K. when she was 19 and studied journalism at the University of Wales before pursuing a career in media and communications.

A statement from her family says Hoyt was a “very ambitious and driven” woman who was close to her family and loved to travel.

“Angela had an infectious smile, it lit up the room,” her family said. “She had a passion for human rights and wanted to use her work to help improve the lives of those less fortunate.”

Hoyt’s colleagues at the Red Cross said they were devastated by the news of her death.

“Angela was full of life, a sparkling member of a close knit team who was never scared to voice an opinion and was passionate about the humanitarian work that she pursued so well,” said Geoff Loane, head of the Red Cross mission in London.

“Her dedication to the Red Cross, first in Canada, then in London and briefly Pakistan, was inspirational.”