Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Crime

Missing U.S. Student Found Dead in Russia, Suspected Killer Arrested

Russian police have found the body of U.S. citizen Catherine Serou after she went missing in the city of Nizhny Novgorod 400 kilometers east of Moscow, investigators announced Saturday. 

Serou, 34, a master’s student at Lobachevsky University and a former Marine, disappeared Tuesday evening after getting into an unidentified vehicle outside her residence in Nizhny Novgorod’s Bor suburb. Her mother Beccy Serou told NPR that her last message from her daughter read: “In a car with a stranger. I hope I’m not being abducted.”

A search-and-rescue team involving more than 100 volunteers found Serou’s body on Saturday morning after two days of combing the forests north of the Bor district.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said it found the “missing foreign student” and has arrested an unnamed 44-year-old man suspected of her murder. If convicted, the suspect faces up to 15 years in prison on criminal murder charges.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow confirmed the woman’s death, when contacted by AFP, and said it was “closely following” the Russian authorities’ enquiry.

Beccy Serou told NPR on Friday that her daughter, in a rush to get back to a clinic where she had made a payment that didn’t go through, could have gotten into a passing car without waiting for her Uber.

“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. “Her telephone last pinged off a cell tower in that forest.”

Advertisement

Catherine Serou held a bachelor’s degree in design and a master’s degree in art history from the University of California, Davis. She previously served in the Marines and did one tour in Afghanistan.

Beccy Serou, who as of Friday hadn’t given up hope that her daughter was alive, said Catherine wanted to study Russian before applying to law school in the United States, and had plans to become an immigration lawyer.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“She loved the university,” she told NPR. “I’m not going to use the past tense, I’m sorry for doing that. She loves the university. It has very small classes, extremely good teachers and she had many friends outside the university as well.”

Loading

Advertisement
Click to comment
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Crime

WASHINGTON (FTC / News Release) – The Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorneys general today sued Amazon.com, Inc. alleging that the online retail...

Crime

PHOTO CREDIT: JABIN BOTSFORD/THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES Donald Trump’s legal team is attempting to have the federal election subversion case in...

Crime

Department of Defense / News Release: Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new security assistance package to support Ukraine’s...

Crime

Law&Crime NetworkMon, January 1, 2024 10:30pmURL:Embed: In 2024, “Doomsday cult” prophet Chad Daybell is scheduled to go to trial — Idaho Murders suspect Bryan...

Crime

President Biden Holds a Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia Facebook Comments Previous...

Crime

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – A search warrant executed last week in Morgantown led to the recovery of a large batch of “Rainbow Fentanyl,” a...

Crime

President Biden Delivers Remarks on Maui and Hurricane Idalia Response Facebook Comments Previous articleConvicted Rapist Who Escaped...

Covid-19

 Corrine Lund is a nurse who has absolutely had enough of the lies. Lund came forward on “The Stew Peters Show” to reveal what...

Crime

Law&Crime NetworkFri, September 8, 2023 10:30pmURL:Embed: YouTube mom Ruby Franke and her business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, were arrested last week after Franke’s 12-year-old son...

Crime

Navarrete could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 49 years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to prosecutors An Arizona state senator...

Missing

The massive search for Gabby Petito after the Florida woman vanished in September and was later found dead in a Wyoming national park has...

Proud Boys

Proud Boys move into counter protester’s staging area as clash continues in park near Portland. Proud Boys and antifa clash in Portland area as...

Advertisement