SAN BERNARDINO – The FBI has been brought into the search for a murder suspect that allegedly killed his wife on Dec. 1.
A $10,000 reward has also been offered for the capture of Edly Atherley, who has been placed on the FBI’s list of most wanted.
Police spotted Atherley, 29, who is suspected of killing his wife Ashley at the San Bernardino Metrolink train station, three days after the murder. But he disappeared before police, tipped off by a security guard, could get there.
Ashley Atherley was found beaten and stabbed to death in the bathroom at the couple’s apartment on the 2600 block of West College Ave. Police found a car that the suspect had borrowed from a family member, parked near the crime scene, with blood inside.
Reports by law enforcement officials claim Edly Atherley may still be in the area, though he has connections in both Florida and also Belize, a Central American nation.
On Dec. 4, a Metrolink security guard spotted the suspected murderer. Said Lt. Paul Williams: “A security guard asked him if he needed help, but Atherley ran from him so the guard called us. We have reason to believe he’s still in the area.”
The security guard identified the suspect by photo, which has also been distributed publicly in hopes that someone recognizes Athlerley and contacts authorities.
Family members confirmed to police that violence was part of the couple’s history. On the FBI website, Atherley reportedly had a large, gash-type wound that had bled heavily on his right hand, along with an abrasion on his right forearm.
Police, who said Atherley is a workout regular and hikes in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, said family members reported the couple had been estranged for a few months.
Ashley Atherley was buried in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area.
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