US seeks details on drowning of American in India

The U.S. Consulate says it has asked Indian authorities for details about an American tourist who reportedly drowned in a rice paddy after being chased by local villagers in the coastal resort state of Goa.

Heidi Hattenbach, an information officer in the U.S. consulate in Mumbai, says the consulate is in contact with the Indian government and the family of Caitanya Holt in the United States. She said Thursday she did not have any other details yet.

R.R. D'Souza, a state police officer, said that Holt's body was found on Tuesday.

The state's highest elected official, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, said Wednesday that the 30-year-old tourist fell into the paddy and inhaled the muddy soil near the village of Korgao, according to the Press Trust of India.