Prince George's county police are investigating the murder of a University of Maryland foreign student whose body was found in a wooded area in Hyattsville Thursday, police said.

The body of 22-year-old Michioyo Nakada, of 7015 Highview Terrace, Hyattsville, was dicovered by a group of children in the woods near her apartment building, police said.

Police said Nakada, an undergraduate in psychology who was due to graduate in August, died of multiple stab wounds. She had also been beaten police said.

"It's very shocking," said Dr.Lewis Gollub, who teaches a psychology course that Nakada was taking. He described her as a "very intelligent" student She came to the university from Okinawa to study psychology in 1975.

"Judging from her exam papers, she was a very competent student," Gollub said. "She was bright, pleasant and attractive."

Valerie Woolston, director of the university's international educational services said, "This is a very unusual occurrence. But with 230,000 foreign students in the United States, it's going to happen," she said.

There are 700 foreign students at the University of Maryland, Gollub said, 26 of whom are Japanese.

Police said Nakada's parents were notified through the Japanese Embassy. Sources said they would arrive this weekend.

Sgt. Robert Law said there are no suspects