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Man with ties to Bay area sought in California murder case

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Atherley, 29, was arrested by HCSO on domestic battery charges in 2008. Atherley, 29, was arrested by HCSO on domestic battery charges in 2008.
Charlotte County authorities arrested Atherley on domestic battery charges in 2005; charges were dropped. Charlotte County authorities arrested Atherley on domestic battery charges in 2005; charges were dropped.
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL (WFLA) -

Authorities in California are seeking a man with ties to Florida in connection with the brutal murder of his wife – a 28-year-old woman from the Bay area.

The body of Ashley Atherley was found in her San Bernardino, California apartment on Sunday. Investigators say she was beaten and stabbed to death.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Edly Albert Atherley II, a 28-year-old graduate of Port Charlotte High School in Charlotte County.

“She [Ashley] was scared for her life,” said Scott Hall, her father during a press conference held in San Bernardino on Friday. “We wanted her to come home; we didn’t want her [in California] here.”

Ashley grew up in Tampa and moved to California with Atherley approximately one year ago. Apparently the deceased was attempting to get away from her husband due to a long history of domestic violence issues.

Investigators with the San Bernardino Police Department say Edly Atherley was seen attempting to purchase a train ticket.

Might he be on his way back to Charlotte County where he has friends and family? Authorities aren’t sure but they are not leaving any stone unturned. Officials with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office are communicating with detectives in San Bernardino just in case.

“We want to make sure the community knows we are taking all steps to make sure everything is secure,” said CCSO public information officer Debbie Bowe. “If [Atherley] decides to come around that we can take him into custody.”

Atherley has been arrested on domestic battery charges on two separate occasions. He was arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies in November 2008 and February 2005 authorities in Charlotte County arrested him on domestic battery charges.

If you have any information about concerning the whereabouts of Edly Albert Atherley II please contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-2101 or just call 9-1-1.

If you need help leaving an abusive relationship, or if you need an emergency shelter, call The Spring’s 24-hour domestic violence crisis hotline: 813-247-SAFE (7233). All services are free of charge. - See more at: TheSpring.org

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