An American woman who had gone missing in Russia since Tuesday has been found dead, the state Investigative Committee said on Saturday, noting that a Russian man has been detained on suspicion of murder.
The 34-year old woman, named as Catherine Serou, had been studying law at a university in the Nizhny Novgorod region 420 km (260 miles) east of Moscow since arriving from California 3 years ago, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.
Russia’s state Investigative Committee announced that it had opened a criminal inquiry case into the disappearance of “a foreign citizen” and a man in his early 40s with a criminal record had been detained over her death.
It did give the names of the victim or suspect.
According to the committee’s statement, the woman had left home at around 6.30 p.m. on June 15 and got into a vehicle. Her whereabouts had been unknown since then.
The statement added: “Today, as the result of a large-scale search operation, the body of the woman was found.”