An American woman who reportedly arrived in Nepal to help the earthquake survivors has been murdered, police said.
Dahlia Yehia, a 25-year-old US citizen, had arrived in Kathmandu on 20 July – nearly three months after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 8,500 people in Nepal. CNN reported that she came to Nepal to help the earthquake survivors.
But Yehia was beaten to death by a Nepali man whom she had met in Pokhara through a website, according to the Kaski police.
DSP Govinda Adhikari told Nepali Times that Narayan Poudel, a local teacher who hosted Yehia in Pokhara, admitted to killing her and throwing her body into the Seti river. But her body has not been found yet.
“Unless the dead body is recovered, we cannot be sure whether what he (Poudel) told us is true,” Adhikari said. “He also told us that he killed her for money, but we are still investigating into this case.”
After Yehia went missing, her family had contacted the US embassy in Kathmandu for help. The embassy had informed the Kaski police about the case on 28 August.
“We knew a lot about the case after arresting Poudel,” DSP Adhikari told Nepali Times. “But retrieving the body has been very difficult. The gorge of the Seti river is too deep and dangerous.”