Disturbing theory after influencer found dead in forest

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A popular social media influencer has been found dead in a forest 11 days after she vanished from home.

Kristina Zhuravleva, 28, often posed with her husband Dmitry, who has now been detained by police while authorities investigate if she was murdered.

The body of the Russian online personality was found by a passing motorist who stopped to relieve himself in woods near a road southeast of the city of Yekaterinburg.

Reports said there were “no signs” of a violent death on the woman's body who was wearing a tracksuit.

Kristina Zhuravleva, 28, was found by a motorist who stopped to relieve himself in the woods. Source: Australscope
Kristina Zhuravleva, 28, was found by a motorist who stopped to relieve himself in the woods. Source: Australscope

Less than two weeks prior, her husband reported her missing triggering a major search. However police later detained him on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance.  

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

One theory is that she may have been forcibly injected with drugs, reported news agency URA.

Ms Zhuravleva was a former teacher turned social media influencer with tens of thousands of followers and also managed social media accounts for clients. 

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 were “currently questioning her family and acquaintances.

“It is being established whether there were tensions in the family.”

Kristina Zhuravleva with her husband Dmitry. Source: Australscope
Kristina Zhuravleva with her husband Dmitry. Source: Australscope

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

Elena Makhalina, a friend of the dead woman, 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.”

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

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

They regularly appeared together in her posts.

Australscope

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