‘I Hope I’m Not Being Abducted’: Former U.S. Marine Found Dead in Russia

An former U.S. Marine, that had been in Russia in planning for a career in law, was reportedly found dead on Saturdayin June. She had been 34-year-old Catherine Serou, that went missing on Tuesday. Her mother told NPR she delivered a final text.
“It says:’In a vehicle with a stranger. I hope I’m not being abducted,'” said Mississippi resident Beccy Serou. “And that is the last thing that she wrote. She is out there in this forest, I believe, relying upon her wits — when she hasn’t been killed — to remain alive”
Catherine would not write her mother again. She entered a vehicle with a stranger in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, 250 miles east of Moscow. A search ensued, however, she turned up dead Saturday. Local authorities said they found a defendant, who they identified only as a man in his early 40s and a history of criminal convictions. He had been cooperating, they reportedly said.
Beccy Serou suggested her daughter had entered the stranger’s vehicle without awaiting the birth of the Uber. Catherine had been going to a practice because a payment failed to process.
“I presume that when she found that the person wasn’t driving to the practice, but instead was driving right into a forest, she panicked,” her mother said.
Catherine Serou served in the Marines, went to Afghanistan, got a bachelor’s in style and an master’s in art history at the University of California, Davis. She also sold her condominium to help cover study in Russia to get a master’s in legislation in Lobachevsky University, her mom said. The strategy was that the return to the U.S. to turn into an immigration lawyer.