THE WIFE of a British man killed on a Libyan beach works as a personal assistant at an award-winning North Cornwall restaurant.
Mark De Salis, aged 46, and a woman friend, Lynn Howie, 47 from Wellington, New Zealand were shot while picnicking at a remote spot on the coast about 50 miles west of the capital Tripoli.
Mr De Salis, a former flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, had been working as a manager at an engineering company servicing the oil industry at the time of his death.
His wife Karen, 48, is based in Cornwall, where she works as a personal assistant at the two Michelin-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at St Enodoc Hotel Rock.
Mr De Salis and Ms Howie were reported missing by friends in nearby Sabratha city where Mr De Salis worked and their bodies were found by police on Thursday.
The authorities have not ruled out robbery as the motive for the attack, despite a rucksack and other belongings being left untouched. Both bodies have been taken to Tripoli for post-mortem examinations to be carried out.
The Foreign Office has called for a full investigation and Sabratha officials have sent their condolences to the families and the governments of Britain and New Zealand, adding: “This act is contrary to our morals and the values of our religion”.
Mr De Salis, originally from Sheffield, had worked in Libya for six years. Most recently he was employed as the manager of the power division of First Engineering, transporting generators to Libya to provide electricity.
Yesterday, Mr De Salis’s family issued a statement saying they were “shocked and devastated” by his death. They described how he liked Libyan people and was “a decent and incredibly loyal man who was loved by many”. They sent their sympathy to Ms Howie’s family.
Last night Mrs De Salis confirmed her husband was an ex-RAF officer, but said that her family did not want to add anything more.