A few months ago she traveled to Nepal to backpack and help in the aftermath of April's devastating earthquake. Yehia, 25, arrived July 20 and kept in touch with home through social media.
Last week, the family received the news they feared from the U.S. Embassy. Yehia was dead.
Kaski District Police Superintendent Hari Bahadur Pal said a man hosting Yehia in his home confessed to beating her to death and dumping her body in a river. The man met Yehia through couchsurfing.com, a website that connects local hosts with travelers, Voice of America News reported.
After being arrested on September 4, the suspect, Narayan Paudel, tried to kill himself by jumping out a police station window, police said.
Police in Nepal were searching a river on Tuesday for the body of an American woman, more than a month after she was allegedly beaten to death by her landlord for money, an officer said.
Dahlia Yehia was killed in Pokhara, a city famed for its lakeside views of mountains, and her body dumped in a river, said Hari Bahadur Pal, a police superintendent in the town.
Yehia arrived in Pokhara on Aug. 4 to help victims of twin earthquakes that devastated the Himalayan nation this year, but was murdered three days later.
Police have detained Narayan Paudel, 30, who played host to Yehia. Paudel had confessed to killing her for her money, in an attack with a hammer, Pal said. He then threw the body into the rocky gorge of the nearby Seti river.
"We are searching for the body for the past five days," Pal said, adding that the search only began after the U.S. embassy in Nepal informed police of the incident.
Police were using ropes to descend into waters at the bottom of the deep, narrow gorge, to look for the body, he said.
Paudel jumped out of a window at the police station after being detained and is being treated for a broken leg. He has yet to be charged, and could face life in prison if convicted.
More than 8,900 people were killed in the twin earthquakes this year, Nepal's worst disaster on record, which prompted a massive international relief and rescue operation that drew in aid groups and individuals to help.
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