A former California man now living on Oahu has been charged with one count of murder.
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis announced Friday the filing of a murder charge against Anthony Simoneau, 46, in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Fumiko Ogawa, 42, in San Diego.
KHON2 was the only local media present when Honolulu police brought Simoneau into custody at the Honolulu Police Department’s main cellblock Thursday night.
HPD says it is assisting San Diego police and the 46-year-old faces extradition to California.
Simoneau was arrested at around 4 p.m. near the Keehi Marine Center on Sand Island Access Road.
Ogawa, a Japanese national, was last seen near the home she shared with Simoneau in Point Loma on or about January 4, 2007.
Her family filed a missing person’s report but, according to court documents in San Diego, her husband never reported her missing and told neighbors she moved to Hawaii.
Ogawa’s remains were discovered in the Anza Borrego Desert on Jan. 20, 2007, but went unidentified until a DNA match was made in 2011. The San Diego Police Department then launched a murder investigation.
At that time, her mother, Chieko Ogawa said, “It feels very short, yet a very long time. Now that our daughter’s body is finally found, I am truly relieved. At the same time, I am very eager to get my daughter.”
In a police report, San Diego detectives said “the circumstances of Fumiko’s death suggests Anthony Simoneau killed her and moved on with his life.”
But in October of 2011, Simoneau told KHON2, “I did not kill my wife.”
The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office will seek Simoneau’s extradition back to San Diego. With the murder charge, Simoneau faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
This is not the first time Simoneau has been arrested. Three years ago, he was sentenced to five years probation for shoplifting.