Body of missing US student found in Siberia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators say the body of an American student has been found on the outskirts of a Siberian village, a week after he vanished from a guesthouse in the middle of the night.

A statement from the Investigative Committee said Colin Madsen’s body was found Monday about a mile outside Arshan, a resort village poplar for its mineral springs and proximity to mountains.

The statement said there were no visible injuries to the 25-year-old Madsen and that his documents and money had been left untouched.

(Colin Madsen via CBS News/KRCG-TV)
(Colin Madsen via CBS News/KRCG-TV)

Madsen, of Jefferson City, Missouri, disappeared a day after he arrived as part of a group from the east Siberian city of Irkutsk, where he was a university student. Madsen was believed to have ventured out before dawn in below-freezing conditions from a guest house in a mountainous stretch of Buryatia in eastern Siberia. The group planned to hike in the mountains later that day.

Police in Buryatia said in a statement Thursday that they planned to step up the search and that regional police chief Maj.-Gen. Oleg Kudinov was supervising it.

Madsen’s parents left for Russia Wednesday to be closer to the search.

Annie Madsen of Markle, Indiana, said Wednesday that her nephew, who she said is fluent in Russian and has taught English in Russia, apparently left the house without a coat to take a walk. She said Colin Madsen’s mother from Missouri and his father from Indiana.

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