She was looking forward to meeting her date for the first time.
Miss Mina El Houari, a 25-year-old French woman, had been chatting online with a Moroccan man for weeks.
She was so keen to meet him that she flew from Cadenet in southeast France to the north African country last month for their first date, news.com.au reported.
She arrived in Fez, Morocco's third largest city, and checked herself into a five-star hotel before heading out to meet her date, according to regional daily La Provence.
Everything was going as planned for the couple, but the romantic evening suddenly turned tragic, Mail Online reported.
Miss El Houari, an undiagnosed diabetic, suddenly keeled over and collapsed.
Believing that she had dropped dead, the man, who was not named, panicked and decided to bury her in his back garden.
He claimed that he was in a rush and failed to realise she was still breathing.
Meanwhile, the woman's parents, who work for a large hotel chain in France, began to worry after she did not return home. They began looking for her, French website local.fr reported.
They also filed a missing person's report with the Moroccan police.
When they failed to make any headway, they flew to Fez to look for her.
After speaking with the El Houari family, police interviewed the man over her disappearance and raided his home.
They found muddy trousers and a shovel before unearthing the gruesome crime scene.
It later emerged that Miss El Houari had been in a diabetic coma when she was placed in the makeshift grave.
The man reportedly confessed and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Moroccan reports said.
This article was first published on June 05, 2014.
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