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Family: Husband is prime suspect in daughter's murder

St. Petersburg, Florida -- A Bay area woman is dead and her family is asking for the community's help to find the man police say killed her.

Bloomingdale native Ashley Atherley was found murdered inside her California apartment nearly two weeks ago. Police have issued a warrant for her husband, Edly Atherley, who they say could be heading back this way.

Ashley's family calls her husband a cold-hearted killer, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has security measures in place, in case the fugitive makes his way to their old Tampa neighborhood that they moved from last spring.

"I'm just begging you, please help us find this terrible person that took my daughter's life," says Lucia Robles, Ashley's mother.

Ashley's parents say the mother of two had a heart of gold. They just wish she would've seen straight through to her husband, Edly Atherley, the same man they say took her.

"We need justice for our daughter. He took everything from her."

Ashley and Edly had been married since 2008 but since then, there have been many reports of domestic violence.

The family feared for her life and now hope other victims will come forward.

"Every day, three women in the U.S. are murdered by husbands or boyfriends due to domestic violence," says Mindy Murphy, President of The Spring of Tampa Bay.

Ashley's family say they tried many times for Ashley to get help. They believe she was ready to leave and filed for divorce, but her husband got to her first.

Police say Edly was last seen in San Bernadino, California, but he could be heading anywhere, including here to the Tampa Bay, where he and Ashley once lived. Anyone that knows his whereabouts is asked to call police.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. A trust fund is also being set up in the coming day for Ashley's children.

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. You can also find more information at www.thespring.org

Click here for a link to the Facebook page dedicated to finding Edly Atherley, and spreading domestic violence abuse awareness.

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