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Hotel Check-in Trips Up Fugitive in 2002 Slaying

Newser — Bob Cronin

An American fugitive sought in her husband's 2002 slaying was arrested in Rome after she checked into a hotel, when an international arrest warrant for her showed up on an online system tied to a police database.

The body of Beverley McCallum's husband, Robert Caraballo, was dumped and burned in a blueberry patch in Michigan, NBC reports. The remains of Caraballo, 37, weren't identified until police received a tip in 2015.

McCallum, her daughter and a Grand Rapids man faces murder and conspiracy charges in the case. Her daughter already is in custody, and the man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

US officials thought McCallum was living in Pakistan and were trying to win her extradition when she was found in Italy instead. She's being held in a Rome prison, police said Thursday, per the AP.

A detective testified in a 2018 hearing that McCallum took her two young daughters with her to dispose of her husband's body, per the Lansing State Journal.

The younger girl later said she remembered hearing a fight in the basement, being put in her mother's van for a long drive, then seeing a fire, the detective said.

A large metal box was in the van, and she remembered thinking that night that her father probably was in the box.

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