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Armenian-American Businessman Found Dead

Nazareth Berberian was found dead on May 15.
Nazareth Berberian was found dead on May 15.
YEREVAN -- Police say they have found the body of a missing Armenian-American businessman in a ravine outside Yerevan that shows "traces of violence," RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

Nazareth Berberian, 57, had "no known enemies," according to the Armenian-American charity Shahan Natalie Family Foundation.

Berberian vanished earlier this month and his California-based family offered a $250,000 reward for information about him.

A source close to the investigation told RFE/RL on May 18 that the authorities have made one arrest and indicated they have other suspects.

Berberian moved to Armenia 10 years ago to run several businesses, including a carpet factory. His company is currently involved in the construction of a hotel in downtown Yerevan.