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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Body of American Woman Found in Fridge

The body of a 42-year-old American woman was found stuffed in a refrigerator in central Moscow, officials said Wednesday.

Police informed the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday that the apparent murder victim was Antonette Bohonovsky, an embassy official said.

A police spokesman said the woman's body was found earlier in the day in a refrigerator in an apartment on Podsosensky Pereulok. He said the police found the body after being tipped off by a suicide note left by Radif Khakimov, a Russian citizen.

Police suspect that Khakimov owed Bohonovsky a substantial amount of money and might have killed her to avoid paying off the debt.

Khakimov's body was found Wednesday in an apartment building on Shlyuzovsky Proyezd, after he apparently committed suicide by overdosing on medication.

Police said they found a note in In Khakimov's pocket in which he confessed to killing Bohonovsky and putting the body in the refrigerator.

The police spokesman said it was too early to say when Khakimov had died or what medication he had taken. He also could not say how officers had discovered Khakimov's body.

He said, however, that Bohonovsky had probably been strangled.

Police have opened an investigation into Bohonovsky's death.

The U.S. Embassy said it was trying to contact Bohonovsky's next of kin.

Bohonovsky's death is the second killing of a U.S. citizen in Russia this year, the embassy official said.

Boris Isarevich, 39, an American citizen of Russian origin, was gunned down in western Moscow on March 25 in what police said was an apparent contract killing.