Simi Valley Woman, 65, Found Stabbed to Death

Neighbors identified the victim as Janice Somple

By Olsen Ebright
|  Friday, Jun 1, 2012  |  Updated 11:50 PM PDT
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The murder of a retired school teacher in Simi Valley gave homicide detectives a rare assignment. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 1, 2012.

Beverly White and Edwin Calderon

The murder of a retired school teacher in Simi Valley gave homicide detectives a rare assignment. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 1, 2012.

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Simi Valley Woman Found Stabbed in Her Home

Neighbors say they can't imagine 65-year-old Janice Somple having enemies after the retired teacher was found fatally stabbed in her Simi Valley home Thursday, May 31. Antonio Castelan reports from Simi Valley for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 1, 2012.
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A 65-year-old woman, who neighbors described as a "very sweet lady," was found fatally stabbed in her Simi Valley home, according to police.

The woman was discovered by an acquaintance around 8 p.m. on Thursday in the 1500 block of Carmen Drive, according to the Simi Valley Police Department.

The victim was identified as Janice Somple, a divorced retiree who lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years. Somple formerly taught English at West Lake High School and had "no enemies at all," said neighbors.

"I met her a few times; she came over and brought us a pie," said neighbor Jade Robinson. "Just really how sweet she was, you know. You don't expect that from people. You just couldn't imagine her to have any enemies."

Police were still at the scene Friday afternoon. An autopsy is pending.

Neighbor Tasha Moore said a man who appeared to be a salesman, donning dress slacks and a tie, was making the rounds through the neighborhood Thursday night.

Investigators would not say if Somple's home was broken into.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Simi Valley Police Department at 805-583-6969. Anonymous tips can be made by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-8478.

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