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Search parties have found the body of the youngest son of murdered Omsk journalist Alexander Petrov
Search parties have found the body of the youngest son of murdered Omsk journalist Alexander Petrov, a prosecutor said on Friday. "The body of Artyom Petrov, 3.5, was found near a bank of the river about an hour ago, at 17:00, local time /14:30, Moscow time/," Altai Republic First Deputy Prosecutor Sergei Shukhin told Itar-Tass by telephone. "The river current swept the body under a snag; the search parties have twice passed this place, and it is only during the third inspection involving rescuers in hydrosuits that the body was detected," the prosecutor said. On Friday morning, the body of Artyom's elder brother Nikita, 7, was found not far from this place. The bodies of all the family - father, mother, and two children were found within 1-kilometer radius from the scene of crime. The deputy prosecutor said investigators on Thursday brought charges against a sixteen-year-old local resident under Article 105, Part II of Russia's Criminal Code /murder of two or more persons/. A court sanctioned his arrest. The father of Alexander Petrov is expected to arrive in the Altai Republic with relatives later on Friday for a formal identification procedure. The bodies will be taken to Omsk for burial. The Petrovs with their two children were vacationing in Altai highlands. The crime was committed at the weekend. Their bodies with gunshot and stab wounds were found in the Ongudai district on the bank of the river Tuyekta, on August 12 and 14. The Petrovs' Mitsubishi car was found later 140 kilometers from the spot where they were vacationing. According to preliminary information, money, a video camera and some other valuable things disappeared. The victims were identified only on Wednesday with the help of Omsk’s traffic police by the car’s license plate. Petrol, 31, a graduate of the Department of Journalism at Moscow State University, is the son of Itar-Tass correspondent in the Omsk region, Anatoly Petrov. He worked for Moskovskiye Novosti daily and in the past several years was editor-in-chief of the magazine Pravo Na Vybor (Right to Choose), which is published by the regional election commission. His wife, Alyona, taught at the Department of Foreign Languages at Omsk State University.
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