- Aubrey Sacco, 23, from Colorado, went missing three years ago
- There has been no trace of her despite many searches
- Sacco's family had been worried there would be no serious investigation
- Police suspect she was murdered
Aubrey Sacco from Colorado went trekking alone in Nepal, against her parents' advice, and disappeared. That was three years ago. There has been no trace of her despite many searches.
A breakthrough in her case came this week when Nepalese police arrested two men who hail from the region where she vanished. "We assume that she has been murdered," police said Saturday.
The 16-year-old and the 22-year-old suspects are from Langtang, about 60 miles north of Kathmandu. They are in custody on suspicion of the alleged crime, chief Anurag Kumar Duwedi said.
Sacco's family had been worried there would be no serious investigation despite their offer of a $25,000 reward for any information on her.
Her father, Paul Sacco, a brother and one of their friends flew to Nepal to scour mountain trails after she vanished in April 2010. They had no luck, and what they heard from locals in the beginning discouraged them.
They told them that if they did know something about the case, they would not share it with authorities.
Sacco's parents have made three trips each to Nepal to search together with military and police for any sign of her, her mother Connie said.