Ekaterina Antontseva, a Russian scientist and part-time model was found dead in her apartment without her thumb, which a report said was found on a man suspected of using it to use his phone.
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The naked body of 34-year-old Ekaterina Antontseva, a biochemist at the St. Petersburg Institute of Technology, was found by her boyfriend, a building contractor, upon returning from a business trip, The Sun reported.
Authorities said she was apparently strangled last week.
The suspect, a computer game enthusiast who was only identified as Artyom (36), was arrested for murder, according to the news agency.
It is believed that she used Antontseva’s fingerprint to access her cell phone and has since sent deleted messages stating that she was ill and could not go to work.
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Investigators believe he owed Antontseva money, sparking a dispute over the payment, The Sun reported.
After her death, the windows and doors of her apartment were reportedly closed to prevent her neighbors from detecting an odor.
“We all cry a lot. She was a very good person, very kind, “said Dr. Mark Shamtsyan, director of microbiological synthesis at the institute, citing pdmnews.ru.
“We all loved and respected her, and it’s hard to talk about that now. It’s unexpected for us, ”he added. “She… loved her job, loved working with students. She was a good researcher and teacher ”.
Shamtsyan said Antontseva staff looked for her when she didn’t show up for work.
“And over the weekend, we received information from the investigating authorities,” he said.
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Antontseva worked part-time as a model in addition to her work as a scientist.
On Monday, on suspicion of murder, a video game enthusiast identified only as Artyom, 36, was arrested.
Antontseva’s amputated thumb was reportedly discovered in Artyom’s home.
In order to gain access to her phone, the attacker allegedly used the fingerprint from which she sent messages saying that she felt ill and would not go to work.
He is also suspected of eliminating communications between the victim and himself. One explanation is that he owed the woman money and that they were fighting to pay it back. The gaps in the doors and windows of Antontseva’s apartment were allegedly sealed after the murder to prevent neighbors from hearing the smell.
According to pdmnews.ru, the head of microbiological synthesis at the institute where Antontseva worked, Dr. Mark Shamtsyan, said: