September 8, 2015 4:15 AM EDT

A young American art teacher has been murdered on a trip to Nepal, CNN reports.

Dahlia Yehia, 25, had traveled to the Himalayan nation to assist those who had lost their homes in massive earthquakes that rocked the country in April and May and claimed more than 8,500 lives. She was last heard from while traveling to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city, in early August, CNN says.

Police say a man who was hosting Yehia in his home confessed to beating the girl to death and to dumping her body in a river. Voice of America reports that she met the suspect, local teacher Narayan Paudel, through the popular accommodation website CouchSurfing.com.

No motive is known. Authorities are still searching for the girl’s body.

[CNN]

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