Man held over US student death in Italy

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Italian police detain a suspect over the death of an American student whose body was found in the Tiber River. Paul Chapman reports.

Man held over US student death in Italy

The body of 19-year-old Wisconsin student Beau Solomon was found in the Tiber River in Rome three days after he went missing.

Solomon had been due to start a study programme at John Cabot University in the Italian capital.

The campus is in a part of the city near the river and popular with young people because of its many bars.

He was last seen leaving a bar early on Friday morning.

Journalist Barbie Nadeau who’s based in Rome says the teenager’s credit card was used hundreds of kilometres away after he vanished.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) ROME BUREAU CHIEF OF THE DAILY BEAST, BARBIE NADEAU, SAYING:

“His credit card was used in Milan, charges of up to $1, 500 were made on that credit card between the time he disappeared on June 30th and the time his body was found on July 3rd. His family came to Italy from Wisconsin hoping to find their son. Instead they’ve had to identify his body.”

Police say they’ve detained a 40-year-old homeless Italian man on suspicion of aggravated homicide.

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