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Woman wanted since 2008 in NorCal poisoning death of husband arrested in Peru

Narira Maria Cross shown after her capture in Peru. She had been wanted since 2008 for allegedly poisoning her husband, Michael Cross, in Plumas County, Calif.
Narira Maria Cross shown after her capture in Peru. She had been wanted since 2008 for allegedly poisoning her husband, Michael Cross, in Plumas County, Calif. FBI

An international search for a fugitive wanted in the poisoning death of her husband nearly six years ago in Northern California has come to an end with with the woman’s arrest in Peru.

The FBI says that Nazira Maria Cross was arrested by Peruvian National Police early Thursday morning at her home in Peru.

Cross had been a wanted woman since July 2008 after she allegedly poisoned her estranged husband -- 55-year-old Michael Cross -- in Plumas County, California.

Authorities say after killing her husband, Cross then drove with his body to a ranch the couple owned in Lovelock, Nevada -- nearly 170 miles away -- and buried the body on the property.

While waiting for the autopsy results, the FBI says Cross -- a Costa Rican national -- fled the U.S., remaining a fugitive until her capture.

The arrest of the 48-year-old Cross comes after the bureau received a tip that she was living in Peru.

"Due to recent rebroadcast of information about Cross, the FBI received information indicating that Cross was residing in Peru," FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said in a statement.

Cross’s poster had been featured on the Sacramento’s FBI website since 2008 and the case had been featured on the television program, America’s Most Wanted.

U.S. officials are seeking Cross’s extradition from Peru so she can be charged in the U.S.

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