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AUGUST 06, 12:15 ET

Woman Arrested in Husband's Slaying
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) A woman who had vanished before being indicted on charges of killing her Air Force captain husband has been arrested by federal marshals, who said she may have had plastic surgery to alter her appearance.

Michelle Theer was arrested Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a federal fugitive warrant in the December 2000 killing of her husband, Air Force Capt. Marty Theer, in Fayetteville, Deputy U.S. Marshal David Kingsbury said.

Theer's hair had been bleached and cut short, and her face looked blotchier and puffier than it was when she disappeared from New Orleans on May 16, he said. She also had marker lines on her face similar to those plastic surgeons use before operating, Kingsbury said.

Theer denied she had surgery and said she had been in an accident, he said.

At Theer's apartment, marshals found books on fake identification and avoiding creation of a paper trail, Kingsbury said.

Authorities were able to track Theer using documents, Kingsbury said, but he would not elaborate. ``She slipped up once,'' he said.

Theer, a psychologist, vanished five days before a grand jury in Fayetteville indicted her on conspiracy and first-degree murder charges.

Marty Theer, 31, a C-130 pilot stationed at Pope Air Force Base, was shot outside a Fayetteville office building where his wife worked.

In August 2001, a military jury convicted Theer's alleged lover, former Army Staff Sgt. John Diamond, of first-degree murder, conspiracy and obstruction of justice in her husband's death. Diamond was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Copyright 2002 Associated Press.