Several people have been detained in the Ryazan region southeast of Moscow on suspicion of gunning down two mushroom-pickers last week, local police said Wednesday.
Last Thursday a local resident alerted the police that her parents had gone missing while gathering mushrooms in the local woods, police said in an online statement. The police began to search for the couple with the help of volunteers.
The next day the man's body was found, bearing signs of gunshot wounds. His wife was found nearby with serious injuries, and was taken to a hospital, the statement said.
The suspects detained are a man and his two sons, the LifeNews television channel, known for its links with the security services, reported Wednesday.
According to LifeNews, the couple stumbled upon an illegal marijuana plantation while looking for mushrooms, and the owner shot them, killing the man.