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A Ohio doctor who disappeared in March 2005, three weeks after his wife died from cyanide poisoning, has been arrested trying to enter Cyprus, according to the FBI. Yazeed Essa, 38, was arrested trying to clear customs from Beirut, Lebanon when authorities became suspicious of his travel documents.

FBI Agent Scott Wilson said Essa will be extradited back to Cleveland to face aggravated murder charges. He is being held in Cyprus on unlawful flight to avoid prosecution charges, which were filed against him in February 2006, a year after his wife's death.

On Feb. 24, 2005, Rosemarie Essa (pictured) collapsed in her car about five miles from the couple's home in Gates Mills, Ohio. Gasping for air, she was able to call a friend on her cell phone before she died and told her that Yazeed made her take "calcium pills" and she did not feel well.

Authorities believe Essa was having an affair with a nurse and killed his wife as a "substitute divorce." He faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted.

"We are hopeful that this development will lead to the answers that we have been seeking since Rosie's death and will mark the beginning of the end of this heartbreaking ordeal for our family," a statement released by Rosemarie's family said.

See Also:
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Earlier Article:
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