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New details released about murder of Ventura County woman

Bill Oxford
Estranged husband faces murder charge for death of his wife.

Estranged husband charged with murder, lying in wait and use of a knife. He hasn't entered a plea yet.

Ventura County prosecutors now say a man accused of killing his estranged wife used a knife in the attack.

Rachel Castillo disappeared from her Simi Valley apartment last Thursday. Simi Valley Police say there was blood, and other evidence of a violent attack, so they immediately launched a widespread search. The 25-year-old woman’s body was found Sunday in the Antelope Valley.

Her husband, Zarbab Ali, was arrested on Sunday. There’s no word on what might have led to the murder, but Castillo had filed for divorce.

Prosecutors filed a murder charge against the 25-year-old Hawthorne man. He was also charged with a special allegation of lying in wait, and the use of a knife. He hasn’t entered a plea yet.

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.