PITTSBURGH (CBS) – The husband of a former Brigham and Women’s doctor is now a suspect in her in death.
Dr. Autumn Klein passed away last month. Her husband claimed it was a stroke, but investigators now believe she was poisoned.
Dr. Klein was chief resident in neurology at Brigham and Women’s hospital, but left Boston for a position in Pittsburgh. Her husband went with her and now he appears to be the target of an investigation.
Police say the 41-year-old mother of a six-year-old girl had ingested toxic amounts of cyanide. She was a graduate of Amherst College and BU Medical School.
Now investigators appear to be focusing on Klein’s husband Dr. Robert Ferrante, a former Harvard Medical School researcher. Police searched his Pennsylvania office and the couple’s home and sources tell KDKA that Dr. Ferrante had ordered cyanide before Autumn’s death.
“We don’t even know if he’s going to be charged with anything at this point and hopefully he wont be,” said Ferrante’s lawyer Bill Difenderfer, who acknowledged his client was a person of interest in the case.
The medical examiner’s office confirms Dr. Klein died of cyanide poisoning. The manner of death or how she ingested the cyanide is undetermined.
Police have reportedly removed cyanide from Dr. Ferrante’s lab and investigators are also said to have traveled to Boston.
When a Pittsburgh reporter knocked at Ferrante’s door, he had no comment.