Italian police detained a homeless man Tuesday in the death of an American student whose body was found in Rome's Tiber River. Beau Solomon, 19, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, went missing last week after arriving to study at Rome's John ...
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Italian officials arrested a homeless man in connection with the death of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student studying abroad in Rome.
USA TODAYItalian policeÂ detained a homeless man Tuesday in the death of an American student whose body was found in Rome'sÂ Tiber River.Beau Solomon, 19, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, went missing last weekÂ after arriving to study at Romeâ€™s John Cabot University, the small liberal arts school said.Â On Monday, the schoolÂ confirmed that the body of a young man police found earlier that day was Solomon's.One of Solomon's three brothers, Cole Solomon, toldÂ the Milwaukee JournalÂ SentinelÂ that theÂ body was found with a head woundÂ and bloodied shirt."It's a murder investigation," ColeÂ told the newspaper.Police identified the suspect as Massimo Galioto, 40,Â from Rome. He was detainedÂ because he was â€œseriously implicatedâ€ in the murder, police said.Amid the weekendâ€™s search efforts for Solomon, the studentâ€™s family reportedly discovered thousands in charges to his credit card, according to a Madison TV station.John Cabot University said Solomonâ€™s roommate lost contact with him around 1 a.m. Friday while they were out atÂ one of the cityâ€™s bars.Â The roommate, worried when Solomon didnâ€™t show up for an orientation the next morning, alerted John Cabot University, which alerted Italian authorities, the U.S. Embassy and the University of Wisconsin.Madisonâ€™s WMTV interviewed another of Solomonâ€™s brothers, Jake Solomon, who said the family â€œrealized that thousands of dollars had been charged on his cardâ€ after learning of the disappearance. The cards were used in Milan, the station reported.The Italian news agency ANSA reported that two people recalled seeing a man throw a person into the Tiber River the night Beau Solomon went missing, according to the Associated Press, though ANSA cited no names or sources.Beau Solomon was the third oldest of four brothers,Â theÂ JournalÂ Sentinel reported.Â Solomonâ€™s family leftÂ Sunday for Italy, according to theÂ JournalÂ Sentinel'sÂ Mary Spicuzza.In an interview Sunday with the Journal Sentinel, Solomon's 26-year-old brother, Jake, described the Spring Green native as "an awesome brother" with "a big heart" with dreams of becoming a lawyer. He also called him the "toughest S.O.B. that we've ever met."The 19-year-old battled cancer for 10 years until the age of 12, after which he went on to participate in high school sports, work as a camp counselor for Badger Boys State and teach at youth quarterback camps around Wisconsin.Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/29bSyKN
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