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Man Sought For Fatal Beating Of His Wife In Ventura County Found Dead In Imperial County

A Ventura County man wanted for the murder of his wife in October has been found dead near the U.S.- Mexico border.

Jose Guzman’s body was discovered December 4th on a ranch in Imperial County. Imperial County officials say he died from a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Guzman was wanted for the fatal beating of his wife, Stacey Richards-Guzman October 28th at the couple’s Walker Avenue home in Camarillo. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of a domestic disturbance found the badly beaten woman at the home. She later died at a hospital.

Jose Guzman had fled the scene, and authorities have been looking for him since his disappearance.

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.