Jun 19, 2021 - World

Suspect arrested after former U.S. Marine found dead in Russia

Russian police officers in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow in March 2020.
Russian police officers in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow in March 2020. Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Russian authorities arrested a suspect on murder charges after Catherine Serou, a 34-year-old U.S. citizen and former Marine, was found dead, local police announced on Saturday, according to NPR.

Driving the news: Serou, who had been studying at a university in Nizhny Novgorod, disappeared on Tuesday after leaving her house in a suburb of the city and entering an unknown vehicle. Her body was discovered after a large-scale search.

  • The suspect, born in 1977 with prior convictions, was arrested on suspicion of abducting and murdering her an hour before Serou's body was found.

The big picture: Serou's mother, Beccy Serou, told NPR this week that her daughter entered the vehicle because she was attempting to quickly return to a clinic after a prior payment didn't go through.

  • Before her disappearance, Serou sent a text to her mother that read, "In a car with a stranger. I hope I'm not being abducted."
  • The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said in a statement it is monitoring the local authorities' investigation and providing "all appropriate assistance" to Serou's family, according to NPR.
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