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Autopsy: Retired English teacher, 65, was beaten, stabbed

 A 65-year-old retired English teacher found dead inside her Simi Valley home last week had been beaten and stabbed to death, an autopsy revealed Saturday.

Shasta Gereau, a senior deputy medical examiner with the Ventura County medical examiner's office, told the Ventura County Star Saturday afternoon that Janice Somple died of multiple traumatic injuries.

An acquaintance discovered Somple's body in her house in the 1500 block of Carmen Drive about 8 p.m. Thursday. The slaying, which took place in a quiet, safe neighborhood, has set the area on edge.

"There's a concern in the community, and we want to settle that down," Lt. Joseph May told the newspaper.

May said Saturday that investigators do not believe the incident was a random attack.

“The leads we have indicate it was not a random act, and they are taking us beyond the limits of Simi Valley,” he said. He declined to elaborate on the ongoing investigation.

Somple retired in 2008 from the Conejo Valley Unified School District, where she taught high school English.


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