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Italian police arrest homeless man in death of U.S. student

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Italian officials arrested a homeless man in connection with the death of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student studying abroad in Rome. USA TODAY

A Facebook photo of Beau Solomon, right.(Photo: Facebook)

Italian police<span style="color: Red;">*</span>detained a homeless man Tuesday in the death of an American student whose body was found in Rome's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Tiber River.
Beau Solomon, 19, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, went missing last week<span style="color: Red;">*</span>after arriving to study at Rome’s John Cabot University, the small liberal arts school said.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>On Monday, the school<span style="color: Red;">*</span>confirmed that the body of a young man police found earlier that day was Solomon's.
One of Solomon's three brothers, Cole Solomon, told<span style="color: Red;">*</span>the Milwaukee Journal<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Sentinel<span style="color: Red;">*</span>that the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>body was found with a head wound<span style="color: Red;">*</span>and bloodied shirt.
"It's a murder investigation," Cole<span style="color: Red;">*</span>told the newspaper.
Police identified the suspect as Massimo Galioto, 40,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>from Rome. He was detained<span style="color: Red;">*</span>because he was “seriously implicated” in the murder, police said.
Amid the weekend’s search efforts for Solomon, the student’s family reportedly discovered thousands in charges to his credit card, according to a Madison TV station.
John Cabot University said Solomon’s roommate lost contact with him around 1 a.m. Friday while they were out at<span style="color: Red;">*</span>one of the city’s bars.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The roommate, worried when Solomon didn’t show up for an orientation the next morning, alerted John Cabot University, which alerted Italian authorities, the U.S. Embassy and the University of Wisconsin.
Madison’s WMTV interviewed another of Solomon’s brothers, Jake Solomon, who said the family “realized that thousands of dollars had been charged on his card” after learning of the disappearance. The cards were used in Milan, the station reported.
The Italian news agency ANSA reported that two people recalled seeing a man throw a person into the Tiber River the night Beau Solomon went missing, according to the Associated Press, though ANSA cited no names or sources.
Beau Solomon was the third oldest of four brothers,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Journal<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Sentinel reported.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Solomon’s family left<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Sunday for Italy, according to the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Journal<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Sentinel's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Mary Spicuzza.
In an interview Sunday with the Journal Sentinel, Solomon's 26-year-old brother, Jake, described the Spring Green native as "an awesome brother" with "a big heart" with dreams of becoming a lawyer. He also called him the "toughest S.O.B. that we've ever met."
The 19-year-old battled cancer for 10 years until the age of 12, after which he went on to participate in high school sports, work as a camp counselor for Badger Boys State and teach at youth quarterback camps around Wisconsin.
Missing UW-Madison student found dead in Italy

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