Police in Nepal said Tuesday
that they are searching a river where the body of a 27-year-old teacher from Austin, Texas, was
thrown after she was hammered to death.
Authorities are searching the Seti River for the body of Dahlia Yehia, who disappeared from the resort
town of Pokhara in western Nepal last month, said police official Hari Bahadur Pal.
Police have arrested a local teacher, Narayan Paudel, who was hosting Yehia while she was in
Pokhara to help victims of April’s devastating earthquake.
Pal said Paudel confessed to the crime and described how he hammered the victim to death
and threw the body into the river. Pal said police found blood-soaked clothes and ropes they believed were used to tie Yehia’s body.
Pal said authorities plan to seek the maximum sentence of life imprisonment for Paudel, 30, but
that they need the body to help build a strong case.
Yehia had arrived in Nepal in July and reached Pokhara on Aug. 4, staying with Paudel. She was
killed three days later, Pal said.
Paudel was arrested on Sept. 2 and confessed the next day, Pal said.
Authorities believe the motive behind the murder was money, with Paudel saying he took money from Yehia, according to Pal.
Following the April 25 earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people and damaged hundreds of
thousands of houses in Nepal, aid groups and individuals rushed to the South Asian country to help