Police are searching for the body of Dahlia Yehia, an American aid worker who was beaten to death in Nepal and whose body was dumped in a river, MSN is reporting.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 8, 2015
Dahlia Yehia, 25, went to earthquake-ravaged Nepal in early August to assist in aid efforts, where she kept in contact with her friends and family through social media. However, after a few days of no contact, her loved ones began to suspect that something was amiss and created the Find Dahlia Facebook page.
Last week, according to CNN, Dahlia’s family’s worst fears were confirmed: the U.S. Embassy in Nepal notified the family that she was dead.
Texas Teacher Dahlia Yehia Slain After Traveling To Nepal To Help Earthquake Survivors:… http://t.co/dmzMyC1m0i pic.twitter.com/w8vXXAYDYC
— Doyle Global Media (@DoyleGlobal) September 8, 2015
Police say that Dahlia was killed in the Nepalese city of Pokhara by Narayan Paudel, 30, whom various reports identify as her landlord; in fact, Yehia found Paudel via couchsurfing.com, a website that hooks up world travelers with local hosts. Paudel confessed to beating Dahlia to death with a hammer over money. He told police that after killing Dahlia, he threw her body into a treacherous gorge near the Seti River.
After being arrested for Yehia’s murder, Paudel attempted to kill himself by jumping from a window of a police station; instead, he merely broke his leg.
As of this post, Dahlia’s body has not yet been found. Police spokesperson Hari Bahadur Pal said that divers are using ropes to dive into the waters at the bottom of the deep gorge in order to try to locate the body.
“We are searching for the body for the past five days.”
In a Facebook post, Dahlia’s family described the young artist as a humanitarian who gave freely of herself.
“We are devastated by this senseless loss of a beautiful life. For those who haven’t had the joy of spending time with Dahlia, know that she is a giver, lover, and humanitarian, who devoted her life to others less fortunate both domestic and abroad. Even though Dahlia was taken from us much too soon, she surely made her mark on the world, and will be remembered lovingly by all of us.”
Dahlia Yehia’s alleged murderer faces life in prison if convicted of the crime.
[Image courtesy of: Facebook]