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According to Russian authorities, an American woman named Catherine Serou studying in Russia who went missing four days ago has been found dead, and a man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.
Catherine Serou, a graduate student and former Marine, went missing on Tuesday in Nizhny Novgorod, a city approximately 250 miles north of Moscow where she was attending university.
She was 34 years old.
Catherine Serou Found Dead
Serou went missing after leaving her home in Bor, a city suburb, on Tuesday evening and getting into an unknown car, according to a statement on Russia’s Investigative Committee’s website.
Serou’s body was discovered on Saturday, authorities said, after a massive search. Serou began a law master’s program at Nizhny Novgorod’s Lobachevsky University in the fall of 2019, according to her mother, Beccy Serou, who spoke to NPR from Mississippi, where the elder Serou lives.
She told NPR that her daughter texted her shortly before she vanished on Tuesday evening, indicating she was in a car with a stranger.
She claimed her daughter was in a hurry to get to a clinic where a payment had failed and had jumped into a passing car instead of waiting for an Uber to arrive.
Beccy Serou said, “I think that when she saw that the person wasn’t driving to the clinic, but instead was driving into a forest, she panicked,”
“Her telephone last pinged off a cell tower in that forest.”
Missing person ads have been posted by local volunteer groups, asking for sightings of Serou.
Around 80 cops and 20 volunteers from a group called ‘Lynx’ were involved in the search for her. One of the volunteers, Marina Mokeyeva, told the Russian daily RBC.
Who is the Suspect?
According to authorities, a local male born in 1977 who has been convicted of many serious offenses has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering her.
According to them, he is assisting with the investigation. According to authorities, the suspect is being probed on allegations of kidnapping and murder, which carry a maximum punishment of 15 years in jail.
The Investigative Committee said in a statement that a decision on charges and pre-trial detention will be made soon.