Suspect charged in murder of American student in Russian Federation

Henrietta Strickland
June 21, 2021

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.

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

"In a vehicle with a stranger". Radio Free Europe reports a suspect in his 40s who has been convicted of "grave and especially grave crimes" has been detained in relation with the American's murder. "I hope I'm not being abducted.' And that's the last thing she wrote", Beccy Serou said in an interview.

She lived just outside the city, which is 420km (260 miles) east of Moscow, and texted her mother just after 18:30 local time (15:30 GMT) on Tuesday.

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.

Beccy Serou said she last saw her daughter before her move and kept in touch with daily phone calls.

Beccy Serou told NPR that her daughter was in a hurry to get to a clinic Tuesday and may have gotten into a passing vehicle. The accused man was not identified, but he has prior convictions and is cooperating, they said, according to the Moscow outlet.

More than 100 volunteers scoured local forests last week for any sign of the law student - before her suspected killer was cuffed, authorities said.

Serou moved from California to Russian Federation in 2019 to study law at Lobachevsky University in Nizhny Novgorod, news reports said. The cause of death was not specified.

"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 planned on returning to the United States to pursue a career as an immigration lawyer.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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