Man held as missing USA woman's body found in Russian Federation

Man held as missing USA woman's body found in Russian Federation

Man held as missing USA woman's body found in Russian Federation

The body of Catherine Serou, a 34-year-old law student and veteran from California, was found Saturday morning in a forest outside the Bor suburb where she lived in western Russian Federation - about an hour after a 44-year-old man was arrested in her disappearance, said the Moscow Times and NPR.

Catherine Serou, 34, went missing after getting into an unidentified auto.

"In a vehicle with a stranger". Russian media further identified the suspect as Alexander Popov, who is in his 40s, according to a report by the Associated Press. NPR reported she had texted her mother, Beccy Serou of MS, that day to say: "In a auto with a stranger". A search ensued, but she turned up dead early Saturday.

The committee added that police had detained "on suspicion of committing murder" a Nizhny Novgorod resident born in 1977 "who has been repeatedly convicted of grave and especially grave crimes". "And that's the last thing she wrote".

They said she had moved to Russian Federation in 2019 to enroll in a master's programme in law at Nizhny Novgorod's Lobachevsky State University.

Her mother Beccy Serou told U.S. media on Friday that her daughter had been in a hurry to return to a clinic where a payment had not gone through and may have hitched a lift with a passing auto instead of waiting for her Uber.

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Man held as missing USA woman's body found in Russian Federation

Catherine Serou had texted her mom Tuesday saying, "I hope I'm not being abducted", NPR reported.

"I think that when she saw that the person wasn't driving to the clinic, but instead was driving into a forest, she panicked", Beccy Serou said.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow offered its condolences in the death of Serou on Saturday.

Catherine Serou served in the Marines, went to Afghanistan, got a bachelor's in design and a master's in art history at the University of California, Davis.

She had sat for a videotaped interview posted on a Russian Web site past year in which she laughed about the cultural differences between the USA and Russia.

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