UPDATE: 6/27/13 6:42 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville man who fled to Egypt with his two children has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of his wife.

The body of 27-year-old Madiha Roshdy was found last month by a highway mowing crew near Elizabethton, Ky., but authorities were unable to identify her until this week.

She was not reported missing until June 20, after a friend learned that family in Egypt was worried about her.

Police believe Roshdy was killed at the couple's Nashville apartment and that her body was then dumped near Interstate 65.

Police say Roshdy's husband, 39-year-old Alaa Youssef, left Nashville with their children on June 7. He arrived in Cairo, Egypt, on June 8.

Police have begun preliminary discussions with the U.S. Justice Department about the international issues presented by the case.


UPDATE: 6/26/13, 6:33 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WBKO) -- Metro Nashville Police say the woman found dead on May 29 on the shoulder of I-65 near Elizabethtown, Kentucky has been positively identified through fingerprints as Madiha E. Roshdy, 27.

Police say she is a Nashvillian of Egyptian descent who Metro homicide detectives believe was murdered a few days before her body was discovered.

A mowing crew came upon the body on the morning of May 29. There was no identification located on or around the woman. It was determined that she suffered blunt force trauma to her head.

Police say Roshdy was reported as a missing person on the evening of June 20 by a friend who learned that family members in Egypt were concerned for her welfare.

The police department's Homicide/Cold Case Unit, which coordinates adult missing person investigations, says it spoke by telephone with family members in Egypt through an interpreter last week and entered Roshdy's information into a national law enforcement database. The Kentucky connection was then established.

Police say through the investigation thus far, which included the execution of a search warrant at the Millwood Drive apartment Roshdy shared with her husband and two young daughters (both under the age of 10), detectives say it is likely that Roshdy was killed in the apartment and, shortly thereafter, dumped on the side of the interstate in Kentucky.

Roshdy last reported for work at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Old Hickory Boulevard at I-65 in South Nashville on May 25.

She was last seen by neighbors at Millwood Manor Apartments on May 26.

Police say her husband, Alaa Youssef, 39, who worked for Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, flew out of Nashville with the couple's two daughters on June 7. They arrived in Cairo, Egypt on June 8.

Youssef is considered to be a suspect in Roshdy's death and is wanted for questioning.


UPDATE: 5/30/13 3:30 PM CDT

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Kentucky State Police have released the following description of the female body found alongside I-65 Wednesday morning in Hardin County.

Sex: Female
Race: Undetermined due to decomposition
Age: Adult, estimated to be between 25-30 within a range of 20-40
Height: 62 to 65 inches (5ft 2 1/2 inches to 5ft 5 inches)
Weight: 145 pounds

Hair: Shoulder length, dark brown wavy hair with a few red streaks or highlights

Other features: short well kept fingernails with remnants of red polish, toenails polished with silver glitter polish

Jewelry: Ring on right middle finger: gold metal ring with central solid turquoise-colored oval stone surrounded by clear stones (perhaps diamonds) set in ornate gold filigree. Gold-colored earring with complex design resembling a bee or other insect, with pink-colored stones in the upper sides and a single clear stone at the bottom.

Clothing: Pink colored sweat pants with white striped trim around waist and down the outside of each leg. Long-sleeved hooded top with a complex checked pattern of navy, red and light gray in large squares. The pattern mimics an old-fashioned crude patchwork quilt with large stitches.

Marks: No tattoos or scars were noted


LEBANON JUNCTION, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a woman found alongside the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 died of head injuries.

Police were alerted to the body Wednesday morning by a crew mowing grass near mile marker 99 in Hardin County.

In a statement, police said the woman's identity, age, race and nationality are yet to be determined.

No further information was released, but police say they are continuing to investigate.


ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WBKO) – On Wednesday at approximately 9:30 a.m. ET, Kentucky State Police Post 4 dispatchers received a call from a mowing company stating that they had discovered a body alongside Interstate 65 near the 99 mile marker on the northbound side.

KSP investigators say the body is that of a female, but no further details are known at this time.

The State Highway Department has assisted by closing the right lane of the Interstate from the 98 to just passed the 99 ½ so that detectives can process the scene. The lane is expected to be closed for several hours.

The Hardin County Coroner is also on the scene and once the on-scene investigation is completed the body will be sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for examination.

The investigation is ongoing.


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