THE husband of a mother-of-two whose body was found on a Costa del Sol beach has been held in connection with an alleged boiler room fraud.
Essex-born Paul Muldoon, 33, was arrested by Spanish police over the scam, which reportedly involved convincing pensioners to invest in a shady rare metals scheme.
A body which washed up on a Marbella beach on Sunday is believed to be that of his wife Rebecca, 35, who vanished on January 2.
Mr Muldoon was first taken into custody a day earlier after neighbours reported shouting and screaming coming from the couple’s penthouse apartment in the Vigil de Quiñones neighbourhood.
But he was released after his wife failed to attend a hearing, with investigators confirming that he was in jail when she went missing.
The court was unaware that Mr Muldoon was on the UK’s most wanted list, and he had been on the run since last April.
He turned himself in after being advised that a European Arrest Warrant had been issued in his name and now faces extradition.
His name was added to the Crimestoppers website since after he ignored a court summons relating to the boiler room scam in which he and a gang of accomplices tricked elderly people into investing in rare metal compounds used for LED lights and lasers.
He allegedly skipped bail in 2013 during a probe by Surrey police after an 83-year-old widow claimed she had been duped out of €264,000.
A post mortem examination will confirm the cause of Rebecca’s death after her body was found by a female jogger on Oasis beach 12 days after she disappeared.
Local media report that although detectives are still awaiting the results of forensic tests to confirm her identity, they recognised her from photos and her clothing.
A search was launched after a neighbour spotted her two children, aged 8 and 11, alone on the roof of their home.
And a Spanish police official said that initial findings suggest that she may have committed suicide.
Originally from Southend-on-Sea, she is believed to have married Mr Muldoon in the United States several years ago before settling in southern Spain.
Her children are back in the UK after family flew out from Essex to collect them.