Rachel Castillo, a mother of two who disappeared under suspicious circumstances last week from her home in Simi Valley, California, has been found dead, authorities said.
Castillo’s remains were found in a remote location in Antelope Valley, the Simi Valley Police Department said Sunday.
Police have named Castillo’s ex-husband, Zarbab Ali, 25, of Hawthorne, as the prime suspect. He was arrested Sunday afternoon at that relative’s home in Victorville in connection with the homicide, Simi Valley police said.
“This investigation has evolved rapidly in recent days,” police said. “This case is still under investigation and certain details cannot be released for legal and investigative reasons. The Simi Valley Police Department will release additional details related to this case when they become available. “
Local police said earlier on Sunday that there was “a significant amount of blood” at the scene after Castillo disappeared.
“Upon further investigation, a significant amount of blood was found in her home. Rachel’s whereabouts are unknown. Based on the circumstances, Rachel is believed to be at risk,” the Simi Valley Police Department had said. in an earlier press release.
Castillo, 25, has two children and lives with his sister a few miles from their parents, his family told ABC affiliate KABC.
She had dropped off her children with their father on Thursday morning, before disappearing, her family told KABC.
“As soon as I saw the blood, I realized something was wrong,” Emily Castillo, her sister, told the local station. She had returned home on Thursday evening. “So I called my mom to let her know to come and immediately called 911.”
Many of his belongings – including his phone, keys and car – were still at home, his family said.
Anyone with information can contact the Simi Valley Police Department at 805-583-6950.