Murder probe launched in disappearance of American learner in Siberia

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 6:11 AM

Colin Madsen, twenty-five, of Jefferson County, Mo., disappeared early Sunday, investigators in the Russian republic of Buryatia said.

Murder probe launched in disappearance of American learner in Siberia

Russian authorities have launched a murder probe in the look for for a lost American learner who executive declare disappeared in below-freezing conditions after venturing out before dawn from a visitor house in a mountainous region of Siberia.

Colin Madsen, twenty-five, of Jefferson County, Mo., disappeared early Sunday, investigators in the Russian republic of Buryatia said. Madsen arrived with another American learner Saturday as portion of a grouping from Irkutsk, where he was a Univ student.

According to regional media outlets, Madsen vanished from the resort village of Arshan. The tiny town is known for its mineral springs and mountainous vistas.

The Investigative Committee, Russia’s federal investigative agency, said in a statement that Madsen and his grouping planned to hike the mountains Sunday, but Madsen “under unclear circumstance” vanished “without a trace” as others in the visitor house slept.

The Siberian Times reported Friday that a murder probe has been launched in the case. According to the newspaper, the Investigative Committee -- considered the equivalent of the FBI - in the Republic of Buryatia released a statement, saying, "During the preliminary check, we've not confirmed that the lost youthful man was about to leave the resort village and his friends."

"These and other established facts indicate that a crime may have been committed against him," the statement said. "Therefore, Tunkinsky Interdistrict Investigation Dept of the Investigative Committee in the Republic of Buryatia opened a criminal case on the grounds of a crime."

Madsen reportedly left all of his belongings, including a cellphone, interior the house.

Annie Madsen of Markle, Ind., 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 get a walk.

"He has a lot of friends concerned about him," Annie Madsen told The Associated Press about the nephew she called "a responsible youthful man."

"I can't look him just getting up in the center of the night and going for a walk in freezing conditions without a coat," she said. "I don't know what was going on."

Colin Madsen'south mother, from Missouri, and father, from Indiana, traveled Wednesday to Russia to be closer to the search, his aunt said.

Madsen had been enrolled as a university learner in Russia since the fall. The village from which he disappeared is located about one hundred thirty miles from Irkutsk.

Madsen'south friends, meanwhile, have taken to social media to express their concern and circulate the young man's image.

"He is one of the kindest, most gentle people I've ever met, always open to the opportunity to assistance people in whatever situation they're in, over and beyond the average person," wrote Kephen Merancis, one of Madsen'south Facebook friends.

"If there was ever someone you wanted as a friend, it'd be Colin," Merancis said.

FoxNews. com'south Cristina Corbin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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