Video Catches Hubby Dumping Missing Wife's Body: Police

Hubby charged after missing woman's car found in lake with body

By Ari Odzer, Brian Hamacher and Todd Wright
|  Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010  |  Updated 6:27 AM EDT
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Coral Springs Missing Woman

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Munawar Toha

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Husband Arrested for Coral Springs Wife's Murder

Munawar Toha has been arrested for the murder of his wife Surya, just a day after his tearful plea to come home.

Surveillance of Missing Mom Murder

A warehouse camera catches a husband dumping his wife's dead body and her car in a lake, police claim.
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The husband of a Coral Springs mother who vanished after dropping her kids off at school has been arrested and charged with her murder, police said.

Munawar Toha, who held a weepy news conference yesterday to state he had no idea where wife Surya Toha is, has been charged with first degree murder.

Surveillance video appears to be his undoing.

Surya Toha was last seen dropping the couple's two young sons off at Hunt Elementary School on March 23, driving her 2001 silver Daewoo, which was also missing.

Last night, Coral Springs police pulled the car out of Crystal Lake at the 4100 block of Powerline Road near Sample Road. In the front seat was a woman's body, believed to be Surya's.

Surveillance video from the warehouse across the street from the canal shows the silver car pulling into the parking lot. Then, a man gets out and pulls a bike out of the trunk. Police think that was Toha's get away ride after he dumped the body.

The video goes on to show the man, believed to be Toha, trying to push the car into the canal before finally getting in the car and driving it toward the canal before jumping away.

The car can be seen slowly drifing away with the current as the man hops on the bike and pedals away. The lake is less than seven miles from the couple's home.

An autopsy will be performed to confirm the body's identity, police said.

Munawar Toha, 63, made a tearful plea Monday for his wife's return, saying Surya would never have left their boys, aged 5 and 9, alone.

"My wife missing since the 23rd, please come back home, Surya. We miss you, we love you," a crying Munawar said. "You see all your children miss you. Please come home!"

Police said there was no history of domestic abuse and Munawar claimed yesterday that he and his 41-year-old wife didn't have a fight the morning of March 23.

"The truth is, I have no clue where she is at the moment," Toha said Monday.

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