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Body of missing Ventura County woman found: Ex-husband arrested for what detectives call a homicide

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Simi Valley Police say the ex-husband of a missing Simi Valley woman has been arrested in connection with her murder.

Woman disappeared from Simi Valley apartment on Thursday.

The mystery over the disappearance of a Ventura County woman has come to a sad conclusion, with the discovery of her body and the arrest of her ex-husband.

Rachel Castillo was reported missing last Thursday. Her sister came home to the Simi Valley apartment they share and discovered Rachel was missing. There was a large amount of blood in the apartment.

Simi Valley Police started a search, and notified other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the 25-year woman. On Sunday, her body was found in a remote part of the Antelope Valley.

Castillo's ex-husband was arrested Sunday in connection with the murder. Zarbab Ali was taken into custody at his parent's home in Victorville. The suspect and the victim had two children.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.