LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The ex-husband of a missing Lakewood mom found dead in a wooded area earlier this week, has now been charged with her murder.
Lakewood police, The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI held a news conference Thursday morning updating the public on the case.
Authorities said, Fahad Saeed, husband of Roaa Al Dhannoon, charged with 15 counts including aggravated murder and kidnapping.
Roaa Al Dhannoon, 25, disappeared from her Lakewood apartment in October. Investigators discovered her remains Monday, buried inside a container in a wooded area behind an apartment building on Memphis Avenue in Brooklyn.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office used fingerprints to confirm her identity. Her cause of death has not yet been released.
Roaa leaves behind a 4-year-old son, who is currently in protective custody. Both of her parents are overseas.
Several months ago, Saeed was arrested for a violation of a protection order. Another man was also arrested in the case. Court records show Amar Sami, 22, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice for lying to investigators who were looking into her disappearance.
Neighbors at her apartment building say the FBI has been investigating there constantly.
Sources tell FOX 8 News, surveillance video shows Sami and Saeed purchasing shovels after Al Dhannoon’s disappearance.
Authorities say with the 15 counts, Saeed faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole and that their investigation is far from over. More charges could be handed down in the case.
Sami will be sentenced on the obstruction of justice charge on May 25.