MOSCOW, RU. (THECOUNT) — Missing American student, Catherine Serou, has been found dead in Russia, according to multiple sources Saturday.

Serou, 34, was found in a wooded area near the city of Bor, 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow, the reports said.


According to Russian news reports, searchers located the body of Serou on Saturday after she went missing several days earlier.

An unidentified male has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement that a woman’s body was found in Bor and that a suspect with a record of serious crimes had been arrested, but did not give names. The cause of death was not specified.

Local news reports said Serou was last seen on Tuesday after getting into a car. The newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda said she sent an email to her mother expressing alarm that “unknown people” were driving her.

Serou moved from California to Russia in 2019 to study law at a university in Nizhny Novgorod, a major city adjacent to Bor, news reports said.

A cause of death was not provided.