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Possible break in cold case: husband arrested

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Former San Diego resident Anthony Simoneau, whose wife's decomposed body was found buried in a shallow grave more than seven years ago, has been arrested in Hawaii and will be extradited to San Diego.

According to the CBS affiliate in Honolulu, 46-year-old Simoneau was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by Honolulu police, who executed an arrest warrant issued by San Diego police. An extradition hearing was set for Monday in Honolulu, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Simoneau's wife Fumiko disappeared back in 2007, while living in Point Loma. Her body was found days later in the Anza Borrego desert. However, a search warrant affidavit claimed her husband kept talking to people as if she were alive.

Fumiko's husband, Anthony Simoneau, had actually filed for divorce back in 2002, then suddenly withdrew those papers soon after Fumiko inherited a large amount of money from relatives in Japan.

After that, according to court documents, he went on a spending spree, buying four Land Rovers, four boats, a Hummer and a motorcycle.

A few years after that, Fumiko went missing: something Simoneau never reported to authorities.

The family of Japanese-born Fumiko Simoneau said the last time they ever talked to their loved one was the first week of January 2007.

Later that month, the decomposed body of a woman was found buried in a shallow grave in the Anza-Borrego desert.

That corpse remained unidentified for three-and-a-half years, until DNA provided by Fumiko's parents confirmed it was their then 41-year-old daughter.

But according to a 2011 search warrant affidavit, Fumiko's husband, Anthony Simoneau, a former dental technician in the Navy, never reported his wife missing.

Leading up to Fumiko's disappearance, the couple had lived in a Point Loma apartment complex. Even after Fumiko went missing, Anthony Simoneau continued "to speak about Fumiko as though she were alive and married to him" telling different stories to different people, according to court documents.

To some: he said that Fumiko was setting up the couple's new home in Hawaii; while to others, he said that she had returned to Japan to tend to a sick relative.

One former friend of Anthony Simoneau called him "a con artist, a liar and evasive," telling investigators he witnessed Simoneau threatening Fumiko "if you ever try and leave me I will kill you," according to search warrant records.

Simoneau's troubled trail also extends into cyber-space where, according to court documents, a string of Japanese women claimed "to have been defrauded" by Anthony Simoneau, posting on web sites like 'JapanCupid' and 'DatingPsychos,' that Simoneau "promised them love and marriage and then took their money," with one woman warning "do not believe any of his lies" and "he has no morals or conscience."

According to the search warrant affidavit, Anthony Simoneau left San Diego in August 2007, eight months after his wife was last heard from, and lived with his parents in New Hampshire, during which time, he conned his father out of $140,000.

Simoneau later moved to Hawaii, where he had pleaded guilty to felony theft in 2011, and had been placed on supervised release.
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