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Latvian police say DNA test confirms match between blood stains and missing U.S. businessman

Latvian police say DNA test confirms match between blood stains and missing U.S. businessman

Latvian police said Friday that blood stains found in a resort villa belonged to a missing U.S. businessman.
A spokesman for the police department in Jurmala, a posh seaside town 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Riga, said analysis matched the blood with DNA samples taken from personal items belonging to Leonid Rozhetskin, who went missing on March 16.
The spokesman, Zintis Lacis, said the search for Rozhetskin continues and that investigators are considering several theories, including murder. Lacis declined to specify the other theories.
Officials have refused to say how much blood was found on the floor.
Born in Leningrad _ now St. Petersburg _ Rozhetskin emigrated to the United States in 1980. After receiving a degree from Harvard Law School, he moved back to Russia in 1992 where he made his fortune after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
He eventually helped establish Renaissance Capital, a top investment bank and brokerage in Moscow that had been at the epicenter of Russia's turbulent financial sector in the 1990s.
In 2001 he became deputy chairman of Russia's Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest producer of nickel, a post he left in early 2005.
In recent years he has devoted his efforts to media and film, creating a movie production company with Eric Eisner, the son of former Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner.
According to his Web site, Rozhetskin spends most of his time in London and Los Angeles.
The Latvian news agency Leta said Rozhetskin bought the villa in Jurmala in 2003. The Baltic Sea resort is a popular vacation spot for wealthy Russian businessmen.


Updated : 2021-10-16 04:41 GMT+08:00