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MOSCOW – A 34-year-old American woman, missing in Russia since Tuesday, has been found dead and a Russian has been arrested for murder, the state commission of inquiry said on Saturday.

Russian news agency RIA said Catherine Serou had been studying law at a university in the Nizhny Novgorod region since arriving from California a few years ago.

The Russian state commission of inquiry said it had opened a criminal investigation into the disappearance of “a foreign citizen” and that a man in his 40s with a criminal record had been arrested for his death.

He did not give the names of the victim or the suspect.

The committee’s statement said the woman left her home around 6:30 p.m. on June 15 and got into a vehicle. Since then, it is not known where she is.

“Today, following a large-scale search operation, the woman’s body has been found,” he said.

Serou served in the Marine Corps and toured Afghanistan, according to NPR.