ULAANBAATAAR – Police in Mongolia have arrested a 31-year-old man, previously given a suspended sentence for theft, over the murder of British paraglider Steve Nash who was allegedly killed for his wallet and passport.
The Mongolian national, who has been identified only by his first initial “T” was found in possession of Â£300 ($400) in local currency and a UK passport which appears to have belonged to Nash, the Associated Press reported.
Steve Nash, 53, was attacked and killed on 31 August while travelling in the Khangai mountains. Mr Nash, from Helsby, Cheshire, had been hiking with a friend, but went on alone after his companion was injured.
Mr Nash was an experienced paraglider, who had been flying since 1990 and had competed in several extreme adventure races.
Crime in sparsely populated Mongolia is relatively low but similar incidents have been on the rise following an economic downturn.