U.S. Missionary Slain In Latvia

Police in the former Soviet republic of Latvia say an American missionary has been found slain in his apartment in the capital, Riga.

A police spokeswoman said the man was found with a knife plunged in his chest and what appeared to be strangulation marks around his throat. He wasn't immediately identified. Investigators found the victim's apartment in disarray and suspect he may have been robbed.

The U.S. embassy said it was trying to contact the victim's family.

There are Mormon, Baptist, and Jehovah's Witnesses missionaries working in Latvia. Most of the country's 2.3 million residents are Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, or Catholic.