published Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Body found by Interstate 65 in Kentucky was Tennessee woman

NASHVILLE — A body found last month by a highway mowing crew in Kentucky has been identified as a young Nashville woman whose husband has fled to Egypt with their two children.

Metro Nashville Police said the body of 27-year-old Madiha Roshdy was found on May 29. She had suffered blunt force trauma to the head. There was no identification on or around the body.

After searching the Nashville apartment Roshdy shared with her husband, 39-year-old Alaa Youssef, and their two young daughters, police believe Roshdy likely was killed in the apartment a few days before her body was found.

Roshdy last reported for work at a Nashville hotel on May 25. She was last seen by neighbors on May 26.

Her husband, Youssef, who worked for Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, flew out of Nashville with the couple’s two daughters on June 7. They arrived in Cairo on June 8.

The Kentucky medical examiner’s office in Frankfort was able to identify Roshdy through fingerprints after a friend reported her missing on June 20. The friend had learned that family members in Egypt were concerned about Roshdy’s welfare.

The body was found along the northbound lanes of Interstate 65, north of Elizabethtown, Ky. That is some 115 miles north of Nashville.

Nashville Police consider Youssef to be a suspect in Roshdy’s death and he is wanted for questioning. Information should be called in to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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