Yulia Balykina, Former Olympic Sprinter, Found Dead at Age 31

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2015

Belarus's Hanna Bahdanovich (L) hands the baton to Belarus's Yuliya Balykina during the 4x100 metres relay heats at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Daegu on September 4, 2011.     AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Belarus police have confirmed they found the body of former Olympic sprinter Yulia Balykina, who had been missing since Oct. 28.  

Per Agence France-Presse (h/t Associated Press, via the Daily Mail), her body was found covered and concealed in the woodlands near the capital, Minsk. Police spokesman Alexander Turban revealed it had been wrapped in cellophane: “It was wrapped in plastic wrap and carefully covered with moss.”

A suspect identified as Dmitry V. has been placed into custody on suspicion of murder. According to the investigators, the two shared an apartment and were in a relationship in the past. Authorities previously said a male acquaintance of Balykina had confessed to murder, but couldn't remember where he hid her body.

Balykina went missing on Wednesday, Oct. 28, under suspicious circumstances, and a search of her apartment and car turned up evidence that pointed toward foul play, per the Associated Press (via U.S. News). 

The 31-year-old was a member of the Belarus 4x100 meter relay team during the 2012 London Olympics and received a two-year ban after testing positive for drostanolone during an out-of-competition doping test in 2013. She had been working as a trainer since her ban from the sport ended in July until she disappeared.

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