Former US Marine, 34, who had been missing in Russia since Tuesday is found dead: Man is taken into custody as her mother says she might could have got into a car she thought was her Uber

 A 34-year old American woman who had been missing in Russia since Tuesday has been found dead, and a Russian man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with her death the state Investigative Committee said on Saturday.

Russia's RIA news agency said the woman, which it named as Catherine Serou, had been a graduate student studying law at a university in the Nizhny Novgorod region 420 km (260 miles) east of Moscow since arriving from California three years ago.

Serou, a former Marine, was last seen leaving her house in the town of Bor and entering an unknown vehicle, ABC News reports.

Her body was recovered on Saturday after a large-scale search of the area, according to Russian officials.   

The suspect's name was not released as of Saturday. 

Serou's mother, Beccy, gave an interview with NPR this week from her native Mississippi, where she told the outlet that her daughter had sent her an ominous text message on the night she disappeared.  

'It says: 'In a car with a stranger. I hope I'm not being abducted.' And that's the last thing she wrote,' Beccy Serou told NPR.  

'I think that when she saw that the person wasn't driving to the clinic, but instead was driving into a forest, she panicked,' said Beccy Serou. 'Her telephone last pinged off a cell tower in that forest.'  

Her mother believes that Catherine, who had moved to Russia after selling her California condo three years ago, may have gotten into the wrong car thinking it was her Uber as she rushed to a nearby clinic where a payment had not properly gone through.  

Pictured: Catherine Serou, who had been missing in Russia since Tuesday, was found dead, and a Russian man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder

Pictured: Catherine Serou, who had been missing in Russia since Tuesday, was found dead, and a Russian man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder

Serou was a former US Marine and graduate student who was studying law at a university in the Nizhny Novgorod region, just over 250 miles east of Moscow

Serou was a former US Marine and graduate student who was studying law at a university in the Nizhny Novgorod region, just over 250 miles east of Moscow

Local volunteer groups handed out and posted missing person posters asking for Serou's safe return

Local volunteer groups handed out and posted missing person posters asking for Serou's safe return 


Russia's state Investigative Committee said it had opened a criminal inquiry case into the disappearance of 'a foreign citizen' and a man in born in 1977 with an extensive criminal record had been arrested in connection to her death.

Authorities there say he is cooperating with the investigation, according to the news outlet. 

Her mother, Beccy Serou, told NPR that she received an ominous text message on the night Catherine went missing. 'In a car with a stranger. I hope I'm not being abducted' it read

Her mother, Beccy Serou, told NPR that she received an ominous text message on the night Catherine went missing. 'In a car with a stranger. I hope I'm not being abducted' it read

Serou was last seen on CCTV video shopping at a nearby market before disappearing after entering an unknown car on Tuesday night

Serou was last seen on CCTV video shopping at a nearby market before disappearing after entering an unknown car on Tuesday night

A Russian man, described as being born in 1977 and having an extensive criminal record, was arrested in connection to her death, officials said on Saturday

A Russian man, described as being born in 1977 and having an extensive criminal record, was arrested in connection to her death, officials said on Saturday

Roughly 80 police officers and another 20 volunteers from 'Lynx', an area search-and-rescue group, had taken part in the search for Serou this past week, volunteer Marina Mokeyeva told the Russian newspaper RBC. 

The suspect arrested in connection to her death is currently facing charges of abduction and murder, which carry a maximum sentence of 15 years prison, according to police. 

The Investigative Committee added that a decision on the suspect's charges and pre-trial detention will be made in the near future, according to ABC News.

Former US Marine, 34, who had been missing in Russia since Tuesday is found dead: Man is taken into custody as her mother says she might could have got into a car she thought was her Uber Former US Marine, 34, who had been missing in Russia since Tuesday is found dead: Man is taken into custody as her mother says she might could have got into a car she thought was her Uber Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:09 Rating: 5

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