An eight-year-old Russian girl who ran away from home following an argument with her parents was raped and killed after being picked up by a married couple in their car, Russian police have said.
More than 500 people volunteered to search for missing Vika Teplyakova after she was seen in for a final time in CCTV footage walking alone along a road.
Wearing a T-shirt and blue shorts, the girl was reportedly trying to reach her friends in the town where the family used to live.
Eight-year-old Vika Teplyakova, pictured with a dog, ran away from home after an argument with her parents, but was picked up by a married couple in their car
She was missing three days before a 32-year-old woman told police she and her husband had given the child a lift.
The couple were identified as Igor and Kristina Dvornikov, and officers today released pictures of the detained husband and wife suspected of carrying out the horrific crimes.
The man told his wife he would ‘attack’ the girl and ‘the woman did nothing to stop it because she was too scared of him’, according to a police source.
Vika was spotted on CCTV walking along a road before she was picked up by the married couple who are alleged to have raped and strangled her with a plastic bag
Igor Dvornikov, pictured left, told his wife Kristina, pictured right, he would ‘attack’ the girl and ‘the woman did nothing to stop it because she was too scared of him’
The girl was raped and strangled with a plastic bag. She died on Monday, the day she disappeared, said police.
The woman showed police where her body was hidden near a lake, said law enforcement.
Igor Dvornikov initially denied abducting, abusing and killing the girl, but later confessed, according to law enforcement.
More than 500 people joined the search for the eight-year-old on Sakhalin island in Russia after she ran away following an argument with her parents
When she ran away from home, Vika, pictured above, was reportedly trying to reach her friends in the town where the family used to live before she was picked up by the couple
Both the man and the woman have been detained as detectives launch a murder probe.
The girl had run away from her parents in Novoaleksandrovsk on Sakhalin island, a pacific island north of Japan.
One report said a man had given her a sum of money- £1.70 – and taken her to a supermarket before she was attacked.
Pictured: A poster that was handed out by volunteers in their search for the young girl who was missing for three days before the alleged crimes came to light
Local law enforcement said Kristina Dvornikov showed police where Vika’sbody was hidden near a lake, pictured above