Rome Police Arrest Homeless Man in Murder of American College Student


A homeless man was detained on Tuesday in connection with the death of a 19-year-old student from Wisconsin who disappeared just hours after he landed in Rome, the Italian authorities said.

The man, Massimo Galioto, a 40-year-old from Rome, is suspected of involvement in what the police in Rome said was the murder of Beau Solomon, a visiting student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who was found in the Tiber River on Monday with a head wound and blood on his shirt.

Mr. Solomon disappeared after going to a pub Thursday night, not long after he arrived in the city for a summer program at John Cabot University, an American school in central Rome.

The university said in a statement that Mr. Solomon’s roommate, who has not been identified, was with him at a pub in Trastevere, an area near the university known for its night life, and that he lost contact with him around 1 a.m.

He alerted the school’s administrators when Mr. Solomon failed to appear at orientation the next morning, the university said.

More than $1,700 was charged to Mr. Solomon’s credit card after he disappeared, according to Italian news reports, including a large purchase on Friday in a Milan store, about 350 miles north of Rome. His cellphone is missing.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Gaia Pianigiani