Missing influencer, 28, found dead in forest as husband is arrested for murder

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An influencer has been found dead in a forest 11 days after she went missing from her home.

Kristina Zhuravleva’s body was discovered by a passing motorist who stopped to relieve himself in woods near Aramil, a town in Russia.

Her husband Dmitry, who she often posed in photos with, has now been detained by police investigating if she was murdered.

There were reportedly “no signs” of a violent death on the 28-year-old, who was wearing a tracksuit.

Her husband had reported the beauty and lifestyle influencer missing, which triggered a major search.

But police then held him because there were “reasons to suspect him”, according to a law enforcement source.

He had told her friends that Kristina had left him and wanted to be alone, or that she had gone to Moscow.

One theory is she may have been forcibly injected with drugs, according to local reports.

Kristina, a former teacher, ran her own social media outlet with tens of thousands of subscribers.

She was also a successful manager for the accounts of clients.

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The Russian Investigative Committee said: "Investigators are establishing the circumstances of her death.

“A forensic examination, interrogations and other activities are being carried out.”

Police said they are “currently questioning her family and acquaintances”.

A spokesman said: “It is being established whether there were tensions in the family.”

The husband was brought in handcuffs by police to the townhouse they shared.

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Elena Makhalina, a friend of Kristina, said: “He was calm on the phone and said Kristina had left him.

“She packed her belongings and left her phone at home. She wanted to be alone, and he said going missing was usual for her.”

Moscow photographer Veronika Voronina said Kristina was “a successful and very active blogger” on Instagram and other platforms.

Neighbours said they never heard arguments and the couple were "loving".

Kristina had posted it was “my best decision in life to say yes” and marry Dmitry.

The couple regularly appeared together in her online posts on social media.

  • Russia
  • Crime
  • Police

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