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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report: 13th Woman Murdered in Moscow

The body of a 43-year-old woman who had been strangled and struck on the head was found in her apartment in northeastern Moscow, becoming the 13th victim in a series of murders that the police have been reluctant to link to a serial killer, Interfax reported Monday.

The victim, Svetlana Lachevskaya, was found late Sunday at 13 Malakhitovaya Ulitsa, Interfax said. She had bruises on her neck and head injuries, the report said, citing a police source.

Police spokesman Pavel Klimovsky said, however, that investigators were waiting for autopsy results and could not say whether the woman had been killed or died of natural causes.

He could not provide further information about the death.

At least 10 women have been strangled to death since July 1, most of them in north and northeast Moscow. Two other died after being struck in the head.

Most of the women were found naked or partially naked, with their clothes lying nearby. Many of them had been sexually assaulted, and none of them was robbed.

After the death count started mounting, police opened an investigation into whether the murders might be related. But they have continued to downplay the possibility of a serial killer being on the loose, pointing to discrepancies in the killings. Some of the women, for example, were strangled with bare hands, while others were strangled with clothing.