Omsk Taxi Driver Suspected of Killing Passengers Arrested

Police in the Siberian city of Omsk have arrested a taxi driver suspected of trying to murder a woman and killing her 18-month-old daughter, regional investigators said Thursday.

The 25-year-old taxi driver had returned in March from a penal colony, where he had served a sentence for theft, Interfax said.

The man told police that after a quarrel with his passenger he stabbed her several times and later threw her out of the car outside the city.

"After that, he strangled her baby daughter and hid her body in the woods," investigators said.

Police searched the suspect's residence along with the homes of his relatives and friends.

On Monday, they received information from local residents about a woman found naked with stab wounds in a forest 30 kilometers away from Omsk. It was established that the woman was with her baby daughter at the time of the attack.

A search for the girl, which was joined by over 300 police officers and volunteers with an unmanned drone and search dogs, lasted for several days but produced no results. Her whereabouts are still unknown.

A criminal case has been opened on charges of attempted murder and murder of a minor, each of which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.