Italian police have arrested a homeless man, Massimo Galioto, in connection with the death of an American student, Beau Solomon, whose body was recovered from the Tiber River in Rome. The 19-year-old from Wisconsin had last been seen Friday morning at a pub, shortly after arriving in Rome. Police identified the suspect as Massimo Galioto, a 40-year-old homeless man from Rome. In a statement Tuesday, police said he was taken into custody because he was ‘seriously implicated’ in the murder. Solomon had recently finished his first year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was majoring in personal finance. [lead image via Facebook]
His death was confirmed by John Cabot University, which is an American university in Rome. In a statement, they said:
“We express our most heartfelt condolences to the Solomon family and to all those who loved Beau”
Cole Solomon, Beau’s 23-year-old brother, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that investigators were treating the incident as a murder. He continued by saying that his brother’s body was found with a head wound and blood on his shirt, and that thousands of dollars, $1700, were charged to Beau’s credit card. Italian TV said about $1,700 were charged to the cards at a Milan store, which was hundreds of miles away from where Beau was reported last seen in Rome.
The Italian news agency ANSA said two people saw a man throw a person into the Tiber the same night of Solomon’s disappearance. According to Sky TG24 TVm the witnesses reported seeing someone pushed into the area on the Tiber near Garibaldi Bridge. That bridge is heavily trafficked, especially during this time, due to an annual summer fair featuring artisans selling wares and booths offering food is drawing big crowds nightly.
Solomon’s cause of death is unclear at this time.
A homeless man was charged with murder Tuesday in connection with the death of U.S. college student Beau Solomon, who disappeared soon after he arrived in Rome. He was last seen at a pub early Friday morning, and his body was discovered in the Tiber River.
Investigators identified Massimo Galioto, a 40-year-old homeless man, as the main suspect. He was being charged with “aggravated murder”.
Who Is Beau Solomon?
Beau Solomon was a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin. He was due to study at John Cabot University, a small Rome-based liberal arts college. He had also beaten childhood cancer.