US Student Found Killed in Russia, Suspect Arrested

Serou's body was found in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region

Earlier this week, investigators said that a 34-year-old foreign woman who lived just outside Nizhny Novgorod, a city some 420 kilometres (260 miles) east of Moscow, had gone missing after getting into an unidentified auto.

The body of a USA citizen has been found in Russian Federation on Saturday, four days after she went missing.

"It says: 'In a auto with a stranger". Local police said they found a suspect, who they identified only as a man in his early 40s and a history of criminal convictions. Her mother told NPR she sent a final text. "I hope I'm not being abducted, '" said MS resident Beccy Serou.

On Saturday, the Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes in Russian Federation, said it found the "missing foreign student".

Her mother Beccy Serou told United States 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. It is suspected that Serou could have got into a passing vehicle that wasn't the Uber she ordered for her trip.


"I think that when she saw that the person wasn't driving to the clinic, but instead was driving into a forest, she panicked", she told NPR Friday. The 34-year-old graduate student and former U.S. Marinehad enrolled in a master's program in law at Lobachevsky University in Nizhny Novgorod in 2019 and hoped to pursue a career as an immigration lawyer, her mother said.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow revealed it was "closely monitoring" the investigation and is giving "all appropriate assistance" to Serou's family in America.

"Today, as a result of a large-scale search operation, the girl's body was discovered", the Investigative Committee said in a statement, without naming her.

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

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