Rozhetskin Suspect Identified

The man arrested last week in connection with the disappearance of Russian-born American businessman Leonid Rozhetskin is his Latvian housekeeper Anatoly Demchenkov, a local police spokesman said Thursday.

Speaking by telephone from Jurmala, the Latvian resort town where Rozhetskin disappeared, the spokesman said a second man was detained Thursday in connection with the case. He was released, however, after being questioned as a witness, RIA-Novosti reported.

Rozhetskin, who made headlines in a long-running dispute over a stake in mobile-phone operator MegaFon, disappeared from his $2 million villa March 16. Although Rozhetskin's blood was found at this house, no body has been found and police have refused to say categorically that he was murdered.

Demchenkov is in police custody, the spokesman said. He was arrested after giving conflicting statements to local police, local news agencies reported.

Police are still investigating a number of theories, including the possibility that Rozhetskin was murdered in connection with his private life, or that the businessman is in hiding. State police chief Aldis Lieljuksis said Thursday on Latvian radio that Rozhetskin's disappearance was "connected with major sums of money and different countries."

Lieljuksis said relatives of Rozhetskin were heading to Latvia to help with the investigation, Interfax reported. A U.S-based spokeswoman for the Rozhetskins did not respond to questions.