MOSCOW – A 34-year-old American woman who has been missing in Russia since Tuesday was found dead and a Russian man was arrested on suspicion of murder, the state investigative committee said on Saturday.
The Russian news agency RIA said Catherine Serou has studied law at a university in the Nizhny Novgorod region since arriving from California a few years ago.
Russia’s State Investigative Committee said it had opened an investigation into the disappearance of “a foreign national” and that a man in his early 40s with a criminal record had been arrested for her death.
The names of the victims or suspects were not disclosed.
The committee’s statement said the woman left home around 6:30 p.m. June 15 and got into a vehicle. Her whereabouts have been unknown since then.
“Today the woman’s body was found as a result of a large-scale search,” it said.
Serou served in the Marine Corps and was touring Afghanistan, according to NPR.