After US Student Found Dead in Rome, an Arrest

Beau Solomon went missing day after he arrived
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2016 6:03 AM CDT
After US Student Found Dead in Rome, an Arrest
Forensic police on Monday scanned the banks of the Tiber River in Rome, where the body of Beau Solomon was found.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A day after the body of a 19-year-old Wisconsin student was found in Italy's Tiber River, an arrest in the case has been made. Massimo Galioto, described as a 40-year-old homeless man, was to be charged with "aggravated murder" and has been "seriously implicated" in Beau Solomon's death, police said Tuesday, per NBC News and the Independent. Solomon had only arrived in the country Thursday and was last seen leaving a pub around 1am Friday; his roommate alerted John Cabot University when Solomon wasn't present for orientation that morning. The University of Wisconsin-Madison personal finance major was to study abroad at the Rome-based liberal arts college.

Solomon's brother, Cole, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Solomon had been wounded in the head and was found in a bloodied shirt. Solomon's family previously said "thousands of dollars" were charged to Beau's credit cards after he disappeared; NBC notes the charges were made in Milan, some 350 miles north of Rome. The Journal Sentinel reports the 19-year-old fought cancer for a decade, until he was 12. Another brother tells the paper Solomon had hoped to become a lawyer. (More Beau Solomon stories.)

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